Who am I?
Tom Muller has spent the last twenty-three years living with his wife and two children in Lehigh County. He moved to the area to take a job as Vice-President and General Manager of Binney and Smith, which later became Crayola Products. Tom likes to say that he and his wife moved here for a job, but they ended up finding a home.
Tom was born into a working-class family in Belleville, New Jersey and moved to Morristown, New Jersey when he was entering middle school. He worked his way through college, graduating with Bachelor of Science degrees in Business and Journalism from Syracuse University. He later received an M.B.A from Fairleigh Dickinson’s evening program, spending long hours working during the day and studying at night.
From his summer job as a card-carrying union longshoreman in Bayonne, New Jersey, through his most recent experience as Lehigh County’s Director of Administration, where he manages a $365 million budget and has completed 12 successful negotiations with collective bargaining units. Tom has always prided himself on his hard work ethic and results-oriented approach to business and life.
Tom has extensive experience in national and international business where he managed or directed marketing and sales for some of the world’s most-recognized brands such as Schick Razors, Listerine, Planters Lifesavers, Crayola, Trident, Dentyne, Rolaids, Halls, Thera-Flu and many others.
As President and Chief Operating Officer of Crayola’s $750 million children’s art supplies business, he doubled sales and tripled profits without raising prices or making new acquisitions. His successful record of turning around troubled or sluggish business units and brands, launching new products and working with start-up companies has earned him the recognition and respect of the global business community.
After a successful 40 year career in private sector business management and sales, Tom moved into the public sector as Lehigh County’s Director of Administration, a position he has held for the last seven years. He oversaw a budget that was reduced from a high point of $412 million to its current $365 million on his watch.
Tom’s leadership role under County Executive Don Cunningham produced two tax rebates, and a bond-rating that was upgraded twice. Working in conjunction with District Attorney Jim Martin, he increased public safety by linking all of the County’s police forces via “real time” technology, opened a digital forensic lab, a central booking facility, and a regional crime center.
Furthermore, Tom has served as Chairman of Easton Hospital’s Board of Directors for the past six years, having been a member of the board for more than twenty years. He also serves on the Boards of the Lehigh County Authority and Mercy Special Learning Center and is a part-time Professor at Cedar Crest College.
Tom currently resides in Lower Macungie with his wife, MJ and their two children, Joy, and JT. MJ, who runs the kitchen at St. Thomas Moore School, also was instrumental in the opening “Mary’s Shelter” for unwed mothers in West Bethlehem.
Why am I running?
I am running to protect everything that I have worked to create over the past seven years as Director of Administration for Lehigh County. My opponent, Scott Ott, is a radical member of the Tea Party who has pledged to eliminate every aspect of County Government he is legally permitted.
My opponent has voted against numerous economic development initiatives and job-creating projects, he has voted to send back tens of thousands of dollars in federal grants to "send a message to Washington" and he's refused to accept a pass-through grant to fund Meals on Wheels. In short: my opponent is Ted Cruz on a smaller scale.
I believe that government can have a positive impact in citizen's lives, and I've worked tirelessly for the past seven years to demonstrate that. We have found more efficient and effective ways to deliver services, reduced crime and encouraged economic development at every turn.
I am looking forward to representing the residents of Lehigh County. I will bring the experience, leadership, and vision back to county government that is needed to create a better Lehigh County, YOUR Lehigh County. My 40 years of work in the global business world, and seven years as Lehigh County Administrator, provides me the experience necessary to be your next Lehigh County Executive. I will be working for each and every one of you every day to make our vision a reality.
As Your County Executive, I will:
Focus on Your Safety by ensuring our law enforcement professionals have the tools and resources available to combat crime and programs are in place to deter people from initiating or returning to criminal activity.
Manage Your Money Responsibly by continuing to minimize spending growth while focusing on the programs you need and ensuring that they are delivering required results.
Support Your Economy by working with local municipalities to help them develop job opportunities and continue to bring new businesses to the County, and ensure cooperative smart growth planning.
Enhance Your Quality of Life by providing support services for those in need, better meet the needs of our senior citizens, meeting open space and recreational needs, and continuing to support tourist and cultural venues.
Remember it’s Your Government by actively seeking your inputs year-round, keeping you better informed and focusing on your needs, not Washington’s problems.
My DFA Values
My campaign embodies the values of DFA because it truly represents the Lehigh County Community. We have support from citizens of all walks of life -- old, young, wealthy, working-class, union members, non-union members, republicans, democrats, independents and others -- all who have united behind my campaign to move Lehigh County Forward.
As County Administrator, I have fought for Liberty -- for seven years, I have proposed budgets with same-sex partner benefits and an employment non-discrimination provision. For seven years, my opponent and his allies on our Board of Commissioners has rejected those provisions. I believe that our community is at it's best when there is mutual respect for one another and the freedom for individuals to be themselves. My opponent doesn't share this vision -- he's too concerned with using the County as a testing ground for the kind of extremist politics that brought the federal government to a shut down.
My Campaign is People Powered!
I have assembled a massive grass-roots team, comprised of citizens from all stripes -- Union members, Progressive Activists, Independents, Business Owners, Government Employees and even Republican elected officials who are terrified of my opponent.
We have knocked on ten thousand doors, we have made over six thousand phone calls and we have mobilized over 250 volunteers to date. Before this election is over, we expect to more than double those numbers. In order to accomplish that, we need the help and support of progressive, people-powered organizations like DFA.
To date, I have reached out to every union servicing the County and received their endorsement, and (more importantly) help from their members and organizers. I have worked to engage other progressive groups that stand for liberty, including Equality PA (who has endorsed my campaign) and Keystone Progress.