Ron Madrid is arguably the best choice for mayor of State College. A long-time contributor to the borough, Madrid has served generously as president of his neighborhood association, member and chair of the Borough Planning Commission, chair of the Historic Resources Commission, chair of the Real Estate Advisory Board and more.
Madrid’s remarkable background includes being a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a career officer. He holds graduate degrees and experience in financial and organizational management. Recently, he displayed these skills impressively as principal presenter and organizer of a public forum on the borough’s financial problems and prospects.
He is intelligent and thoughtful, articulate and intentional, disciplined and seasoned, reflective and measured in his listening and responding. He does his homework and doesn’t wing it or stumble through issues. Madrid is skilled at speaking and summarizing. These aren’t abstract virtues but competencies that denote Madrid as qualified to be a superb presider and facilitator of council meetings, a promoter of respectful process and good progress. He also has the temperament to be an outstanding representative of our local government — to its citizens, the university and other agencies.
A life-long Democrat, I am excited about Madrid’s independent candidacy, and grateful for his willingness to serve. If elected, we will all be well-served. Let’s not settle for less. Please join me in voting to elect Ron Madrid for mayor on Nov. 7.
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David J. Brown, State College