Reedy is Ready

By on April 20, 2016
REEDY n Republican running in 37th Legislative District. n Business development manager at Xerox.

Tim Reedy

If you’re old enough to appreciate the original “uncola” 7-Up commercials, you might appreciate Tim Reedy of Brickerville.

Like those ads, which remind viewers 7-Up is not a typical soft drink, Reedy’s message too is a lot about what he’s not.

Reedy, 49, is perhaps the un-candidate, who’s professed to uphold the un-status-quo.

The challenge though is Reedy seeks to differentiate himself while running as a Republican.

Conventional wisdom says that challenge is compounded because he’s seeking a GOP incumbent’s seat in the District 37 Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Add to that, he refuses to say anything specifically negative about his opponent Mindy Fee, the GOP party endorsed candidate.

Still, without naming names, Reedy suggested that elected officials in both parties actually enjoy polarization, feed off crises, and aren’t especially sincere about finding solutions.

“Everybody promises a quick fix,” Reedy said. “But it took a long time to get to this point in government where we have a pension crisis, we have an education funding crisis.”

He says the “political class has confiscated the voice of the people.”

“I believe there is not a voice out there for the people,” he said. “So my candidacy is really about getting a voice back in. People who vote for my opponent are voting for the status quo and the current leadership in Harrisburg.”

The common denominator among what lawmakers do and say “comes down to money,” he said. He said that Republican ideals don’t necessarily correspond with the GOP message, and that “new blood” “is required.

“The system is really set up to keep their own candidates in,” Reedy said.

The “system” creates a money flow going into the parties, and that money, not necessarily priority, “dictates what actually has to get done,” he said.

“You really need to start within to change it outward,” he said.

Reedy criticized the “voting block” where state elected officials from Lancaster, including Fee, have indistinguishable voting records. “They all vote the same way, all of the time,” he said.

He says what you might not expect to hear from a GOP candidate.

For instance, he said, repeating a simple mantra of “holding the line on taxes” may actually be shortsighted, not that he’s promoting a tax increase.

“I don’t like to make decisions about would I raise taxes, lower taxes, or put money here or there,” Reedy said. “I’m really true to my word. I listen before I speak.”

While refraining from making campaign promises, he vowed to “listen all sides” and “make the decision based on what is best for everyone involved.”

Reedy clarified more, stating that a lawmaker’s job is to benefit everybody in the district, “not just one political interest, and not just one municipality.”

He relies on his experience as a Xerox Services project manager, where he shapes business development in the child support solutions group. Reedy is a veteran communicator who works part-time as a sports reporter for Blue Ridge Cable TV. He has also chaired the Fourth of July in Lititz Springs Park since 2011. In 2013, he was instrumental in the successful Zombie Run that raised $25,000 for Lititz Springs Park.

Reedy comes from a family of active Lancaster County Republicans. His father Ron worked for Congressman Ed Eshleman. His grandfather was the county treasurer in the 1960s and mayor of Lititz for 12 years.

Reedy knows it won’t be easy to defeat Fee, of Manheim, who was a sales executive for TransAmerican Office Furniture for 25 years before being first elected to the State House in 2012.

Like Reedy, Fee benefited from name recognition. Her deceased husband Tom Fee, was a former mayor of Manheim and magisterial district judge.

Fee was re-elected in 2014, defeating Democrat Brian Kresge with 77 percent of the vote.

But Reedy believes his message will resonate with voters, especially in a presidential election year, who “just want candidates to work and compromise in those places we can all agree on.”

“If the political class would give the impression that they are working, I don’t believe you’d have this sentiment as you do today. People go to work every day and they support their families. They just want to see their politicians do the same thing.”

Patrick Burns is social media editor and staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

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