One of the men vying to be the next mayor of Bethlehem said he wants to make the city safer.

At a news conference Thursday morning, Democrat Robert Donchez announced that if he's elected, public safety will be his main focus.

Donchez said he would evaluate current fire and police staffing levels and training programs and establish a separate EMS department in the city.

Secure neighborhoods and business districts have far-reaching benefits, said Donchez.

"I think public safety has to always be number one because that drives economic development and that encourages people to move to your city, and I don't think public safety can be compromised," said Donchez, a longtime member of Bethlehem City Council.

Donchez is running against fellow Democrat and Councilman William Reynolds.