Letter to the editor | More than a ceremonial role

October 29, 2013 

What does the mayor of State College do?

Many of us see the mayor around town, cutting ribbons for new buildings, meeting with neighborhood and student groups and attending public dinners.

This ceremonial role matters. For decades we have been blessed by mayors who fulfilled it with grace and enthusiasm.

The more basic function of the mayor, though, is to run Borough Council meetings efficiently, to help council focus on the issues, to invite and to encourage participation of all residents at council meetings — in other words, to be a leader.

Ron Madrid is a leader.

His experience as chairman of the Planning Commission and of the Historic Resources Commission and as president of the Holmes-Foster Neighborhood Association make him a knowledgeable and committed citizen.

As a lifelong Democrat, I am voting for Ron Madrid for mayor.

Please join me Nov. 5.

Thomazine Shanahan, State College

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