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Scott Ott Will Run Again for County Executive

After a narrow miss in 2009, Scott Ott runs again for Lehigh County's top job.

Scott Ott, 51, a fiscally conservative Republican, told supporters and friends on Jan 24 that he will again run Lehigh County Commissioner in the fall.

Ott is making his second attempt for the county's top job which narrowly eluded him in 2009 when, as an unknown, he came within 900 votes of beating seasoned Democratic politico Don Cunningham.

He is currently a Lehigh County Commissioner, a position to which he was elected in 2011.

“I am running for Lehigh County executive because I want to make our local government more accountable to the taxpayers who fund it and more effective for the people it serves.” Ott said in a written announcement.

“I have spent my time on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners fighting for reforms that reduced spending, lowered property taxes and made sure government services were actually effective and efficient. Those are the kind of reforms I will continue to fight for as Lehigh County executive because that is what the people of Lehigh County deserve,” he said.

Ott became the first candidate to declare his intentions for the job at a news conference at the Hamilton Family Restaurant in Allentown. The Primary Election will be held May 21.

A day earlier, Ott announced the time and place of the announcement on his Facebook page "Vote Scott Ott."

In the year he has spent as a commissioner, Ott has changed the dynamics of Lehigh County government and raised the level of scrutiny of otherwise regular business, according to a story in The Morning Call.

His politics have been embraced by the party's more fiscally conservative base, while sometimes alienating moderate Republicans and Democrats, the story says.

According to a story on lehighvallylive.com, he feels his short time as a commissioner has been good, but to achieve what really needs to be done, he needs the power of the county executive's job:

"I think we've gotten a lot done in our rookie season, but until we get an executive in there who is committed to reform the way so many of us on the board of commissioners are, we're going to be stymied in getting some of the most important things done," he said.

After his first county executive race, Ott became executive director of the Lehigh County Republican Committee, where he helped organize get-out-the-vote efforts, set up social networking and recruited candidates for office. He said he left the position when his workload increased with pjtv.com, where he hosts news commentaries and developed a series on the U.S. Constitution, according to a Patch profile of the candidate when he was running for commissioner.

Raised by his grandparents, he grew up in upper Bucks County and graduated from Palisades High School. He received a bachelor's degree from Penn State University in liberal arts/journalism. 

Previously, Ott was executive director of Victory Valley Camp, a nonprofit Christian children’s camp. There, he said, he helped to restructure the budget, figuring out ways to economize and improve facilities. He teaches adult Sunday School at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church in Salisbury Township. 

He and his wife Stephanie have four children. They live in Lower Macungie.

Dr Vinny Boombots Jr DDS January 25, 2013 at 07:13 PM
and they dont pay real estate taxes
An interested bystander January 25, 2013 at 09:14 PM
God help us all, this guy is a buffoon. And I am a Republican.
David Molony January 25, 2013 at 09:42 PM
I'm happy to see Scott run for this post. He will be the most effective County Executive in decades. A person who cares for the poor and for those who pay to support them. There has to be a better way to help people who actually need it while recognizing that other people are working hard and surviving on less as we are taxed into oblivion by the Federal, state and county taxes.
Dr Vinny Boombots Jr DDS January 25, 2013 at 10:17 PM
I am thrilled he is running for executive, this will make a Democratic victory and slam dunk, the guy is everything that is wrong with politicians
Dr Vinny Boombots Jr DDS January 25, 2013 at 10:19 PM
do you agree with Ott's refusing to vote on funding quality of life initiatives for various municipalities that were authorized by a referendum in 2002 especially when they are bank funded by the sale of the county land to dorney park ?
for real January 26, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Do not support the extermists like Ott. Support moderate Republicans. Didn't our party learn anything from the last cycle? If you get a call to support this guy you can bet the Lehigh Valley Tea Party is behind it.
Joe Hilliard January 26, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Scott Ott is "extremist" and dangerous. He actually wants balanced budgets. He actually wants to reduce the tax burden while funding government priorities. He doesn't subscribe to the "let's spend more than we have and fund every idea dreamed up by anybody" model of government. He is dangerous to liberal Democrats and "moderate" Republicans (who are liberal Democrats) who want government to grown endlessly while our society is consumed by high taxes and government debt. Wow! Imagine a guy who actually wants to implement fiscal responsibility and some prudent reforms. The people who worship at the altar of government must be worried...
for real January 26, 2013 at 06:21 PM
And what altar are you at Joe? Would that be the altar of lunacy? If the County wants to move towards priority budgeting and making cuts that is great. Ott and the rest of the fringe reform party need to get blood on their hands when those cuts are made. Instead, they throw an arbritary number out and say get it done. The moderate voices were willing to make cuts and show where and how. That's responsible government. Local Grover Norquists like yourself wouldn't know that I suppose.
Mary January 26, 2013 at 07:09 PM
I agree with Joe! I don't know what for real means. He said we need to get behind moderate republicans....what was Mitt Romney? What lesson were we to to learn?
for real January 26, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Wake up Mary Romney ran as a far rt. idiot. He probably should have run as a moderate.
for real January 26, 2013 at 07:28 PM
More to the point - Look at what happened to the U.S. Senate. Lugar should have been victroious in the indiana primary but instead they decided to go with a tea party moron name Mourdock so the Dems win there and then Todd Aiken in Missouri allows a weak Claire McCaskill in by making a sharp right turn. Great now what do we have 55-45 Dems Senate instead of a GOP Senate. Keep listening to these guys and you get a Dem. victory or a gov. of imcompetent fools. All brought to you by the tea party.
Mary January 27, 2013 at 02:16 AM
I thought the numbers that came out after the election showed that the evangelicals and far right wouldn't vote for Mitt.
Joe Hilliard January 27, 2013 at 05:18 AM
I am at the altar of reason. Based on facts. Almost every single government program has failed. And when they do, libs just scream, "We need more money!" I agree, specific cuts should have been put forward. This is what we will do in East Penn School District (along with 23 other school districts). Thanks for the suggestion! There are tons of wasteful spending and unlike that 'genius' Earnshaw on East Penn school board suggested, you don't have to eliminate "third grade" to save money.
Joe Hilliard January 27, 2013 at 05:21 AM
Moderates are losing elections left and right. And when they do, Republican moderates become Democrats. Charlie Christ, Deedee Scazzofava (or however you spell that name), Arlen Specter, and the list goes on and on. Maybe they were Democrats all along?
for real January 27, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Joe last comment on this thread for me. Individuals like Scott Ott, Todd Aiken, yourself and all of your twisted disciples are not out to improve government. You are out to destroy it. This is not conservatism it is irresponsible. Ronald Regan would not have supported you and I'm betting Regan would no longer survive a Republican primary because of ideologues like yourself backed by some big money are taking the Republican party straight to hell. You can use words like lib. communist or whatever but the fact is you and your ilk are the real danger. It is up to reasonable sane individuals at the local, county, state and federal government to stand up and say you are not the majority. If not, I feel terrible for the people of our communities and this nation. I get that you hate government, taxes, public education, any kinds of grants, compromise etc. I beleive that most people including Republicans do not see the world as you do.
Mary January 27, 2013 at 04:08 PM
I don't understand why someone becomes the enemy of the state just because they call for fiscal responsibility. Even democrats agree that these programs are unsustainable in their present state. They just say we don't have to worry about it now. President Obama said it wasn't an immediate problem. It's still a problem. People have different natures, my philosophy is there's no time like the present. Why must that mean that I don't care about senior health and I want children to go hungry? We support the programs, we just don't support the waste in those programs. They can also be restructured to ensure sustaining them for us in the future. Making personal attacks solves nothing. For real, I don't think you need to call people twisted because they disagree with you. Also, just because he Romney is far right from you, doesn't mean he's far right!
Jennifer Moyer January 27, 2013 at 06:22 PM
If you are going to make such a statement you should explain truthfully.
Jennifer Moyer January 27, 2013 at 06:35 PM
The more liberal types think that calling the Lehigh Valley Tea Party extremist will make voters think it is something that it is not. All the LVTP advocates is responsible fiscal policies. The Tea Party advocates policies such as funding pensions and not taxing people out of their homes or more significantly not destroying the U.S. currency through reckless and extreme spending by the federal government intended to push out the day of reckoning created by massive federal government debt. When labels get thrown around you know its just propaganda.
Jennifer Moyer January 27, 2013 at 06:42 PM
In the end, on the national level, the bad numbers will cause everyone, Democrats and Republicans alike, to simply run for cover. God only knows who will pick up the pieces. The Tea Party people will at least be able to say, "I told you so" even though, at this point, I am not so sure that even they have a viable solution to the debt dilemma.
Joe Hilliard January 27, 2013 at 09:47 PM
For real, you are not for real. "reasonable, sane individuals" do not support deficit spending year after year while debt piles up. This is happening at every level of government. "Reasonable, sane individuals" do not support government spending growth that is far faster than the rate of inflation or economic growth, which is filled with ever increasing taxes - like in East Penn & Emmaus and countless other jurisdictions of government. I hate fiscal insanity and debt, not government. Far too many see the world as you do - unless you spend more than we have year after year then government is not doing 'enough' - which is why we face national, state and local government fiscal crises.

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