Bill Leiner running for commissioner's seat
Coplay Councilman Bill Leiner Jr. is looking for bigger fish to fry.
Leiner recently announced his intention to run for Lehigh County Commissioner.
"Because it's District I, I'll have the capability to stay very plugged into Coplay," he said.
Leiner said he plans to regularly attend Coplay council meetings, even if he wins the commissioner's seat.
District I includes the Townships of North Whitehall, Lynn, Heidelberg, Lowhill and Whitehall, and Coplay and Slatington boroughs. At this time Leiner has no opponent in the May primary. He will face incumbent Tom Creighton of Lynn Township in November.
Leiner served as Coplay mayor from 1998 until 2007. He then won an at-large seat as a Lehigh County commissioner, serving from 2008 until 2010, when his employment took him out of state. He returned to the area to win a seat on Coplay Borough Council.
Since returning to the area, Leiner has frequently expressed interest in becoming mayor again.
When former Mayor John Milander resigned, Leiner sought appointment.
He withdrew his application just before council was to make its decision at a special meeting Jan. 25, 2012.
Council then appointed Joseph Bundra.
Leiner said earlier this year, he would run for mayor in 2013.
He said he changed his mind and opted to seek a spot as commissioner because a number of people have expressed interest in running for office in Coplay.
So far, no one has formally announced candidacy, however.
"I know of a solid potential candidate, interested in mayor, who will serve the community very well," he said. He did not name the person because the person has not formally announced his candidacy.
However, council reduced the number of committees from 15 to five. In addition, public meetings now include some discussion and sometimes last longer than an hour. Meetings had averaged about 20 minutes previously.