Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Wild Woman Running For LC Comm'r

I couldn't resist with that headline. I hope she forgives me.

Susan Ellis Wild, a partner with the law firm Gross McGinley, has entered the race for Lehigh County Commissioner of District 2, which is comprised of South Whitehall Township, Upper Macungie Township, Lower Macungie Township, and Alburtis. Wild turned in petitions to the Board of Elections of Lehigh County last Tuesday.

That's Percy Dougherty's district, for those of you keeping score at home.  He's running, too, but faces a challenge from Scott Aquila.

“I’m running because the people of Lehigh County’s 2nd district deserve a Commissioner who will address the issues and problems they face on a daily basis, a Commissioner who will advocate and negotiate tirelessly on their behalf, so that we will continue to grow and prosper and address the challenges that come our way,” Ms. Wild said. “Advocacy and negotiation is what I’ve done for my clients for 30 years, and I am committed to bringing the same persistence and hard work to the Board of Commissioners.”

A long-time South Whitehall resident, Wild graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC., in 1982, and has been a lawyer in the Lehigh Valley since 1988. She is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Advocate, and was elected by her peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

She gets a cape and everything for that, but has to be a Super Lawyer for five years before she can fly.

She is a past president of the Bar Association of Lehigh County and a past president of Women Lawyers of the Lehigh Valley. For many years, she was active in parent-teacher organizations in the Parkland School District. She is also a member of the Board of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley.

“Given the challenges we face, from budgeting to smart growth to how best to tackle the water-sewer issue, it is clear that we cannot let unbridled ideology overtake common sense," said Wild. "We must work diligently to view, analyze and act on issues facing the county through the prism of what’s best for each and every one of our residents.”

Wild believes that to make a difference in the lives of its citizenry, county government must be efficiently managed and transparent in its actions. She is committed to putting her stellar management and negotiation skills to good use serving the residents of District 2.

She is a mother of two, Clay (20) and Addie (17), and has co-authored or edited several books on legal topics of interest to the lay public, including Webster's New World Law Dictionary (Wiley Publishing 2006), and U.S. Constitution for Dummies, (Wiley Publishing 2009).

I'll have to read that one.

Wild is a self-described “military brat” who lived in many places around the United States and overseas with her parents and sister while growing up. But, she stated, “Lehigh County is where my children were born and raised, and where I have established my professional and personal life. I have lived here longer than I have ever lived anywhere, and this will always be my home. I fully believe that we must continue to provide a good education for future generations, that we must support smart growth that minimizes sprawl and that we must invest smartly in our crumbling infrastructure. As Commissioner of District 2, I will be committed to making our community an even better place to live than it is now.”

We could use a few more wild women.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...



Baby, Baby it's a wild world!

Anonymous said...

Bernie!
Just imagine this gal's political posters. What a great name for a candidate.

Anonymous said...

As a democrat and a member of the Jewish community, I find it interesting to see Ms. Wild listed as board member of JFLV, although not surprising, as Ms. Wild has a fondness for Jewish organizations in the Lehigh Valley. Still one may find this unexpected given the fact that Ms. Wild is not Jewish.

One may question if it is Ms. Wild’s intention to garner support from the Jewish community to advance her political agenda? Donating one’s time to support a charitable organization is admirable, when done in good faith

Anonymous said...

Ms. Wild is Jewish, I don't know where you get your facts from.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Ms. Wild has a fondness for Jewish organizations in the Lehigh Valley."

Incredible. I have a fondness for Jewish organizations, too, and I'm a Druid. So What?

I love Chabbad, and respect and admire the LV Jewish Federation.

This is a veiled attempt to bring out the ant-Semites. Wayne Woodman is the LC GOP Chair. He is Jewish, and I doubt that he would condone this tactic. i know I don't.

Anonymous said...

Come on Bernie, "a veiled attempt to bring out the anti- Semites?" I don't see it that way. Susan Wild is the lone democrat with her hat in the ring and Percy is somewhat of a legend. Lehigh Valley has the 3rd largest Jewish community in PA, most of who are democrats. Is it beyond the pale that a candidate would support organizations if it would increase partisan voting?

Anonymous said...

A Jew is defined as a person born to a Jewish mother or one who has gone through the formal conversion process. Seems pretty straightforward. If she is, she is and if she ain't, she ain't