An Independent candidate, Ralph Frey, has entered the race for the Ward 7 seat on Conshohocken’s Borough Council. Frey is challenging Democrat Colleen Leonard, who has served on borough council since 2016 and is current the president of the board. There is not a Republican candidate. To qualify for the ballot as an Independent, Frey had to obtain signatures from within the ward.
MoreThanTheCurve.com spoke and messaged with Frey on Monday and we learned that Frey was previously a registered Democrat, however, wanted to run without the “added baggage of attachment to a political party.” If he is elected he wants the “latitude to speak directly for everyone without being tied to any additional interests,” which he believes is harder to achieve when tied to a political party (whether Democrat or Republican). Frey is self-funding his campaign.
Frey and his wife Sarah have lived in Conshohocken since 2010 and they have two daughters. He is a sales manager with an HVAC company and a volunteer youth soccer coach.
Frey is running because he feels that there is a need for better communication within the ward. He wants to establish more direct communication with the people who live in the ward. For example, if elected he intends to utilize social media to alert ward residents about upcoming votes and ask for input.
He also shared that he would, “push for borough council to support Initiatives that promote hyper-local events, creating local bonds and building a stronger community. He stressed that his family lives in Conshohocken for “for the community, not the space.”
If you are in Ward 7 and want to learn more about Frey or ask him a question, you can join the Facebook group he established, or email him at Frey4Conshy@gmail.com.
The general election is November 7th.
Photo: Family photo from Ralph Frey