Letter to the editor | Madrid’s a capable leader

October 22, 2013 

It has been almost 13 years since I met Ron Madrid, a candidate for mayor of State College.

As a professor of industrial engineering at Penn State, I worked with him on several large federally funded projects.

Madrid led teams of Penn State faculty and Applied Research Lab members, gaining the admiration of the team and the federal sponsors. He was always fair, unafraid to ask the right questions, and gave credit to all contributors.

Madrid has served our country as a Marine and as an educator. He has regularly given back to the community, including as a volunteer member of the borough Planning Commission and the Historic Resources Commission and as president of the Holmes-Foster Neighborhood Association.

From Madrid, I learned the importance of showing up as promised and of embracing the “we” and “us” rather than focusing on “I” and “me.”

In my interactions with him over the years, I have seen him show up at every meeting ready to tackle the problem at hand, without asking, “What is in it for me?”

I strongly believe this is a quality that many leaders lack.

Madrid exemplifies the qualities of selfless service, fairness and leadership. He has demonstrated skills of managing large budgets and teams of people, of exercising sound judgment and building consensus to solve common problems.

I am a Democrat and support Ron Madrid for mayor of State College.

Soundar Kumara

State College

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