Editor's Note: Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan is one of five delegates from the 15th Congressional District at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The 15th District also sent delegates Allentown City Council President Julio Guridy, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Kathleen D. Miller of Upper Milford and Miriam Huertas of Allentown. Adrian Shanker of Bethlehem is an alternate delegate.
Name: John Callahan
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Political Office/Employment: Mayor/City of Bethlehem
Marital Status/Children: Married/three children
Congressional District Represented: 15th
* What makes you proud of the Democratic Party?
The Democratic Party is the party of opportunity. We work to get policies in place that will help grow and strengthen the middle class. We understand that when the middle class is doing well, we all do well.
* What issues matter in the Lehigh Valley?
--Rebuilding our infrastructure
--Strengthening our schools
--Creating middle class/family sustaining jobs
--Putting the right federal policies in place that will strengthen our core communities
* What are you looking forward to at the Democratic Convention? This is my first time as a delegate and to be given the opportunity to represent the people of the Lehigh Valley, while casting a vote for the president, is an honor for me. In addition, I am going to bring my 17-year-old daughter with me and I think this will be a great experience for her and for us to share together.