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Republican Commissioner to seek re-election in Lower Macungie

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Opinion

Republican Lower Macungie Commissioner Ryan Conrad announced he is seeking re-election to a second term after a decisive victory as the highest vote-getter in his first election in 2009.

Conrad currently serves as vice president of the board. He also announced the launch of his campaign website,

"After being elected in 2009, I committed to residents I would work hard to get results on their behalf," Conrad said. "I'm proud of my record of protecting taxpayers by adopting responsible budgets and paying down debt, elevating the public discourse on Smart Growth and standing up for our community and the safety of our families."

Conrad has been endorsed by several republican community leaders including Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15, State Representatives Ryan Mackenzie, R-134, Gary Day, R-187, Justin Simmons R-131, State Senator Bob Mensch, R-24, and Lehigh County Republican Committee Chair Wayne Woodman.

"I've worked tirelessly to deliver on the Republican ideals of fiscal responsibility, limited government, transparency and a fundamental respect for private property rights," Conrad said.

Conrad cited several examples of getting results for residents including paying down $2 million in existing township debt and initiating a bond refinance to save an additional $235,000; improving the township's bond rating for Standard & Poors from "AA" to "AA+" and Moody's from "Aa3" to "Aa2"; increasing transparency in government by authoring several policies including a campaign finance transparency policy, committee appointment policy and a board committee structure; initiating a Smart Growth implementation strategy plan, adopting a greenway plan laying the foundation for a 14-mile interconnected trail system, and initiating a comprehensive recreation, parks and open space plan; and working to put township-owned properties back into productive use and in the hands of private property owners.

Professionally, Conrad is a businessman serving as chief executive officer of the Lehigh Valley Association of REALTORS, a nonprofit trade association comprised of approximately 2,000 real estate professionals.

Conrad also has many years of experience working with government at the local, state and federal levels, having served as a staffer in the legislature and as a government relations professional.

He has also taught political science at the community college level. In the community, Conrad serves on the Lehigh County Housing Authority Board of Directors. He has served on committees with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, and the Lehigh Valley Coalition on Affordable Housing.

Conrad earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a concentration in criminal justice at East Stroudsburg University and a Master of Arts in political science from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

He is one of only 400 REALTOR Association staff nationwide to have earned the REALTOR Certified Executive designation from the National Association of REALTORS.

He also earned the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives, ranking him among a select group of less than 4,000 association executives across the country.

Conrad and his wife Natalie reside in the Harvest Fields neighborhood of Wescosville with their sons Evan, 4, and Owen, 2, daughter Camryn, 7 months, and Golden Retriever, Scout.