“I will bring the same common sense, non-partisan leadership to the challenges we face in Harrisburg as I have brought to making our local community stronger”

NEWTOWN, PA – Newtown Township Supervisor Ryan Gallagher today announced his intention to run for the open 31st State Legislative District being vacated by Steve Santarsiero, who is running for Congress in 2016.

“The past six months have shown that it’s time for a new direction in Harrisburg. We need to elect a new Representative who has proven they can put aside partisan differences and instead work for common goals,” Gallagher stated. “As a local elected official, I have shown that I can work with all residents to achieve positive results on vital issues like controlling taxes, attracting jobs, and more. My belief about public service is that ‘Together, we can,’ and that is the attitude I will bring to Harrisburg as Representative.”

Gallagher has served the people of Newtown Township for four years as a Supervisor, including as Chairman in 2015, and believes that experience makes him uniquely qualified to help change the tenure in Harrisburg.

“As a local official, you focus on listening to residents and finding solutions, not political games or partisanship. You learn there is no Democrat or Republican way to fix a problem, but instead focus on achieving results,” Gallagher explained. “That is a spirit I will bring to Harrisburg to help protect taxpayers, strengthen our schools, attract new jobs, and much more.”

Gallagher pointed to a list of accomplishments as a local Supervisor as tangible evidence residents can look to as they choose their next Representative. That list includes things such as:

  • Holding the line on taxes, including during economically unsettled times.
  • Improving his township’s park and recreation system.
  • Improving roadways and critical infrastructure.
  • Promoting the successful redevelopment of older commercial areas.
  • Improving public safety by providing police, fire and first responders with needed financial support.

Gallagher also pointed to his personal background as something that will help him work for the priorities of the 31st District.

“I’m a husband and a father of two young children. I go to work everyday to support my family. I worry about the same things as everyone else in our community, and face the same everyday challenges. That is an understanding that will drive the decisions I make in Harrisburg,” Gallagher explained.

Gallagher, 38, is a local Attorney with his own private practice, as well as a partner with Keller Williams Real Estate in Newtown. A lifelong resident of our area, he graduated from the Council Rock School District and earned a Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law.

Gallagher and his wife Angelina, who is a Registered Nurse, have two young children; their son attends school in the Council Rock School District, and their daughter is in pre-school. Along with his service as a Township Supervisor, Gallagher gives his time to local organizations and charities. He is also an avid Philadelphia sports fan.

Gallagher said he will focus on three key issues in Harrisburg: protecting taxpayers through fiscal discipline, strengthening the state’s education system, and promoting public safety (especially by dealing with increasing drug-related crime.)

“Taxpayers across the 31st District have made it clear that they want a government that works first to control costs before asking more of them. As a local official, that’s exactly what I have done, and it’s what I will do in Harrisburg.” Gallagher stated. “I will also make sure the state budget focuses first on education. Stronger schools prepare our kids for a successful future, they help attract jobs and employers to our area, and they even help increase property values.”

“I’m running for State Representative because I think having someone who understands the daily challenges of local residents will result in better government. I’m running for Representative because I care about our community and know that working together we can accomplish more,” Gallagher finished. “I hope that the people of the 31st District will join my effort so we can make a positive impact for everyone.”