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Moravian Alum Callahan Wins Democratic Party Nomination for Mayor

Giordano and Koury also win nominations for local office

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) — John B. Callahan, a 1991 graduate of Moravian College, won the hotly contested democratic nomination for mayor in Bethlehem’s primary election. In a race described by the media as “youth vs. experience,” Callahan ousted interim Mayor and Council President, James Delgrosso by a narrow margin.

Callahan, elected to Bethlehem City Council in 1997, is the youngest councilman to be elected in the city’s history. Currently he is serving his sixth year on Council. Former mayor Don Cunningham who was recently appointed as Secretary of General Services by Governor Edward G. Rendell—endorsed Callahan for the Bethlehem mayoral race. In his campaign platform, Callahan stressed his record of pro-development, pro-job votes on council and providing basic city services in a fiscally conservative manner.

Callahan, a pharmaceutical sales representative for Pfizer Inc., is married and the father of three children. He participated in the World Trade Organization talks in Seattle, Washington in 1999 and discussed the history of Bethlehem’s economic growth at a press breakfast called “The local benefits of Globalization: A New Democratic Perspective.” In November, Callahan will contend with Republican newcomer James Follweller, a professor at Lehigh University, for the mayor’s seat.

Emil A. Giordano, a 1982 Moravian graduate, has thrown in his bid for Northampton County’s Common Pleas Court Judge, winning the nomination of the Republican Party vote. Giordano’s brother and sister also graduated from Moravian College. Upon graduation from college, Attorney Giordano attended Villanova Law School and worked as an intern in the office of the District Attorney of Northampton County in Easton. After graduating from law school, he became a full-time Assistant District Attorney in Bloome County, New York. In 1987, he became an associate with the law firm of Holland, Taylor and Sorrentino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He has served as solicitor to three Northampton municipalities. In 1988, he went into private practice and continued until the present time. Giordano has litigated more than 500 criminal cases and handled hundreds of civil cases. Giordano commented that he “ran a campaign based on the principles I was raised on, based on hard work and perseverance.” He will square-off against Democrat Michael J. Koury, Jr. in November’s general election.

Attorney Giordano has resided in Hanover Township, Northampton County for the past fifteen years and is married and the father of two small boys. He coaches Lehigh Little League baseball and serves on its Board.

The Democrat nominee for Northampton County Judge, Michael J. Koury, Jr., District Justice in Wilson Borough, graduated Magna cum laude from Moravian College in 1990. Koury received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law where he ranked 6th out of 246 law students. He was invited to become a member of the Villanova Moot Court Board based upon his oral and written legal arguments.

After graduation from Villanova, he took a position with the Wall Street Law Firm of Cahill Gordon and Reindel, one of the most prestigious law firms in the U. S. Eventually he left the firm to dedicate his life to public service. In 1997 he was elected to District Justice for Pennsylvania District Court 2-12 in Wilson Borough, Northampton County. His late father, Michael J. Koury, Sr. (Moravian 1959) had been a District Justice in the same county for twenty years.

Koury is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the U.S. Federal Courts for Eastern District of PA, the Southern District of the District of NJ and the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is married and the father of a daughter.