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Nazareth Mayoral Candidate Wants to Bring Back 'Mayberry'

Councilman Jack Herbst, who is the only Nazareth mayoral candidate running in the May 21 primary, doesn't see a reason why Mayberry and the 21st Century can't coexist.

A new mayor will take over Nazareth Borough's hot seat come January 2014.

Jack Herbst, a Democrat who has been a Nazareth Borough Council fixture for 12 years, is the only mayoral candidate running in the May 21 primary.

However, anyone who gets 10 or more write-in votes in the Republican primary could face Herbst in the November general election.

And that might happen.

Carl Strye Jr., a Republican and longtime president of Vigilance Hose Co. No. 1, is running against Herbst and Charles Donello, both incumbent Democrats, for two four-year seats in the borough's Ward 3.

Strye previously said "a lot" of residents have told him they plan to write in his name for mayor.

Below is a Q&A with Jack Herbst:

Age: 53 (in May)

Education: Penn State University, photography major

Profession/Work Experience: 29 years at Met-Ed, Advanced Distribution Specialist

Community Service:

  • 12 years as 3rd Ward Councilman
    * Chairman, Police Committee
    * Currently serves on Law, Technology and Economic Development committees
    * Former chairman, Law Committee
    * Former member of Fire and Public Works committees
    * Liaison, Planning Commission
    * Former liaison, Recreation Board
  • Found funding and designed the Nazareth Boro-Park skate park and dog park at no cost to taxpayers.
  • Member of the former Main Street Manager Program.
  • Implemented "Movies in the Park," a summer series that offers free movies on Sunday evenings.
  • Coached soccer for six years and served on the Nazareth Soccer Club board
  • Coached youth baseball for eight years
  • Coached youth basketball for six years

Why are you running for Mayor of Nazareth Borough?

I'm running for Mayor to help lead the revitalization of the downtown and help guide Council in bringing the Borough back to the town I grew up in with a bristling downtown. I want to help provide the best police and fire services to the community in the most economic way possible.

What qualifies you to serve as Mayor?

I'm a lifelong resident and have years of experience to guide the borough into the 21st Century. I can provide the leadership the community deserves.

What do you see as the Mayor’s roles and responsibilities?

Oversee police services and guide Council in making responsible and cost-effective decisions.

Where do you think the borough can reduce spending and/or save money? (Please be as specific as possible)

Inter-municipal cooperation and sharing of resources to help reduce costs of vital services and improvement projects.

What are your ideas for promoting economic development in the borough? (Please be as specific as possible)

Council needs to be responsive to the downtown's needs. For example, I worked on easing zoning parking restrictions and renting out borough-owned lots to promote development.

Work with more businesses with after-hour parking lots to allow for additional event parking.

Work with the Chamber of Commerce and real estate companies to promote service type development, restaurants and specialty shops.

What are your hopes for Nazareth’s police department?

My hopes are to have a certified police department providing 24/7 coverage, whether that happens though a merger or by developing our own department—while keeping costs and taxes associated with policing in mind, but not driving the reason for any decision.

Either way, the decision needs to be based on what is best for the community. Hard decisions need to to be made to accomplish this. I feel that I can provide the leadership to get the police services where they need to be.

What one thing would you most like to accomplish if elected as Mayor?

I would like to see Nazareth Borough as the borough I knew growing up:

  • Police chatting with residents and mentoring kids, not driving around town behind tinted windows;
  • The bristling downtown I experienced after a workout at the YMCA;
  • And a good restaurant to eat at with old friends.

They say the days of Mayberry are gone but there is no reason that Mayberry and the 21st Century can't coexist. The borough has a rich heritage and economic development can build on its history.

Our park system is second to none in the valley. I'd like to see development of a first-class amphitheater for shows (music, theater, church services etc.).

Anything else you would like voters to know?

I'm just a blue-collar worker from a blue-collar family trying raise a family and do what's best for the community. A close friend gave me the best advice: "Do the best for the most and stay true to yourself."

thetrollster April 08, 2013 at 12:37 PM
The current council have done nothing but cause problems for this city. Herbst is the biggest part of the problem. We need to change the way things are done and vote these people out public official positions, nothing will change until that is done. WAKE UP and stand up for your rights. The corruption in this city needs stop and it needs to start with voting for a worth while candidate. If herbst is voted in as mayor mark my word that this city is going to degrade worse than it already. Who will be to blame, the people who voted him in.
Katia Tino April 08, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Dear MS Trollster, im pretty sure Nazareth is a BOROUGH, not a CITY???, thank goodness you are not in public office, even though from the sound of things and your vast opinions in regard to how the BORO of Nazareth could be better served one would think you have some sort of political aspirations??
thetrollster April 09, 2013 at 02:47 AM
No I'm definitely not qualified to run as I "went to school In mayberry". I just know who this man is and what he stands for and the corruption in this city, and I beleive its time that we change things for the better. For ssomeone to come out and say they want mayberry back just shows how backwards people are and how he does not want change. Herbst wants to be the judge, jury, and executioner.
Mallory Vough (Editor) April 09, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Several comments have been deleted because they violate Patch's Terms of Use: http://nazareth.patch.com/terms Also something to keep in mind: Patch accounts created with profanities (i.e. the name of your Patch account) will be suspended. Disagreements are OK. Debate is encouraged. But let's keep it civil. Questions? Shoot me an e-mail at mallory.vough@patch.com.
Dan Gucci April 09, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I am so glad there are people that are so negative and obssed with this man . He surely has my vote. Just for all the negative press one person has put on him. Like one of the articles before said. Why don't you run for office. Is that because you do not know the difference between a city and a boro? That is right you went to Mayberry high school. Since there is so much corruption in this city oh I mean boro. Why don't you become a police officer. Well get ready to crawl out of your tunnel or cave. I am sure you will be posting soon. Since you are so obssed with this man. He has my vote.
thetrollster April 09, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Deleted. Wow freedom of speech is not allowed here. Shows what kinda site this is and who is truly friends of who. The truth about this "boro" hurts. If a candidate can't take public opinion and a so called journalist doesn't allow that, I guess we see who your rooting for. Sure you would vote this rotten man in office cause of one persons comments. You are truly a mayberry resident then. Learn about him and talk to people on his neighborhood before voting for him . Your vote may change. A vote for him is a vote to keep this city at a stand still.
thetrollster April 09, 2013 at 05:03 PM
All I have to say yet is wait to profile candidates if you are truly fair until all the candidates have been announced. I don't care republican or democrat or independent. Just wait to be fair.
Katia Tino April 09, 2013 at 05:20 PM
At this time there are no other candiates, so its no fault of this site that other candidates are not being discussed or profiled, and to refer to another person as rotten is just so unfair, Trollster, you need to get out more in the big ole CITY/BORO of Nazareth!! Just because a person has political aspirations that you would obviously know nothing about certainly does not make them a rotten man, it just makes Mr. Herbst motivated to do what he has always done, which is to serve the fine people of the Boro of Nazareth.
Mallory Vough (Editor) April 09, 2013 at 05:22 PM
I'm not a Nazareth Borough resident, "thetrollster." The Nazareth mayoral campaign has zero affect on me, a resident of Bushkill Township. I didn't delete any of your comments. I deleted comments from another commenter who called you derogatory names.
Mallory Vough (Editor) April 09, 2013 at 05:23 PM
All of the candidates have been announced. March 12 was the last day to circulate and file nomination petitions before the primary election. March 27 was the last day for candidates who have filed nomination petitions to withdraw. Jack Herbst is still the only candidate for mayor of Nazareth.
thetrollster April 09, 2013 at 06:15 PM
If th fine people of nazareth boro would only know the truth this would be a whole different type of article about this beloved man. Well have fun in this boro when things turn to garbage.
thetrollster April 09, 2013 at 06:16 PM
And they will
lynn berger April 09, 2013 at 11:51 PM
It ia so easy to badmouth and critcize someone when hidden behind a false name or secret group. Why not step up and reveal yourself like any fair and kind person would do? Jack Herbst is one of those people, fair and kind. Nazareth's best interest has always been his #1 purpose, for the people now and future generations. It's actually quite funny to me. I know Jack's door is always open for suggestions but as many times I have been a guest in his home I have never heard a knock! I agree with the comment from Dan Gucci. If you think you know all the answers Troll why are you not on the ballet? See I have grown up in Nazareth too and know it's a Boro not a city. Good Luck Jack! You will be the best! And I will proudly campaign for you on May 21st. All these negative opinions! If you must hid behind fake names why should we believe YOU!
thetrollster April 10, 2013 at 02:41 AM
I'm only using a false name because I know I this man would have his cop buddies harass me. Your absolutley right I don't have the experience to run for mayor or the smarts but I dony agree with the "mayberry" analogy. I don't want this "boro" going backwards. Its disrespectful to minorites to try and bring back a town and time period that wasn't accepting. Peolle can't vote for someome because he's a nice guy. His track record doesn't prove his worth to be the mayor. Like I said before he wants to be the judge , jury, and executioner around here.
sherry April 10, 2013 at 07:44 PM
I still think Nazareth Boro could find 10 people to do a write-in vote for someone else to be mayor. Not happy with people who run for 2 offices at the same time (Mayor/council). I also usually don't vote for people who cross file...make up your mind are you a republican or democrat?
Katia Tino April 10, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Dear Sherry, please get your facts straight, it is not cross filing. Maybe you should contact the voter registration office for more information? Mr. Herbst is a democrat, anyone in the town of Nazareth with any knowledge of politics would certainly know that?
thetrollster April 10, 2013 at 11:42 PM
It's called monopolizing.
thetrollster April 10, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Judge, jury, you know what's next.
Katia Tino April 11, 2013 at 12:47 AM
It is called Intelligence, Integrity, Compassion, Fairness, Dignity...the list goes on and on..
thetrollster April 11, 2013 at 01:58 AM
You sound like your his wife?
thetrollster April 11, 2013 at 02:01 AM
You make this man out to be the second coming. I think its the opposite
Katia Tino April 11, 2013 at 02:13 AM
not his wife, just a well informed voter!
Wayne Schissler April 11, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Katia, I don't believe that Sherry accused anyone of cross-filing in this election, just that it irritates her just as running for two positions simultaneously does. As for Mr Herbst... I'm neither a friend or a foe. But I'm not interested in lifelong friends endorsing him (of course they would) or anon posters making allegations they do not back up. I want to know if he has been part of the problem or part of the solution in his dozen years on council. My main concern is that we supposedly can't afford a full complement police force. We had that 4 years ago. Did we spend too much on wrong-headed projects that causes us to suffer now? Are other departments as cut back as the police department? I hear cheerleading & jeering but I don't hear facts. I wonder about the police... "not driving around town behind tinted windows" statement made in the article. Does Mr. Herbst have a good relationship with the borough police? There certainly seems to be a strain between our police and some in the borough gov't. Does he prefer a "homegrown" police force? I would think a local based force would be more conducive to the Mayberry ideal. Will we learn if that's what he means?
thetrollster April 12, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Seems like the illuminati (aka the council) which this man is part of is really stirring up the citizens around here.
Bushkillmom April 12, 2013 at 04:22 AM
10 write in votes in the primaries adds another candidate. All is not lost
thetrollster April 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Unfortunatly this "boro" truly is so corrupt that most people are going to find it hard to try and run. We need to change thisn somehow. There's a lot of hiding of issues. Did any hear what's happening with the police dept? It is one story in my opinion that needs to be addressed now before the next meeting of the kings.
thetrollster April 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM
As for the comment Wayne has made , in don't think you will hear much of what hersbt has to say on the issues. I do know the man and he should not becomr mayor. You truly cannot base your vote on friendship. Where has this gotten us? A pool that will not be open, a police dept that has fizzled away and now out of nowhere they are going to vote to disban? I thought he was suppose to be in charge of the police issues? If he truly was and had the backbone to standup to the rest of the council we shouldn't be in this situation. That doesn't say much for him as a possible major decision maker for the people.
Grace April 18, 2013 at 01:20 AM
wow u r crazy trollster...
Grace April 18, 2013 at 01:22 AM
trollster, I am a neighbor and I think the Herbst family is wonderful and I am not the only one that thinks so.
Betty Ann McCammon May 09, 2013 at 03:00 AM
ANY council member or even the mayor that allows a council member to commit a crime and not ask that member to step down or covers his back does not belong running our town. A R D will clean his slate with the law but, not with the voters!!!

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