Current Position: Business owner, Silberline Manufacturing Company
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 7
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Scheller is the granddaughter of immigrants who in 1945, founded Silberline Manufacturing Co., one of the region’s premier manufacturers, making a key ingredient in paints and coatings. Lisa took over running the company, following her brother’s death, and is currently chairman and president. It is the only certified women-owned business of its kind in the world.
With global headquarters north of the Lehigh Valley, the company employs more than 160 people in manufacturing jobs right here in Pennsylvania and 500 people worldwide.
Silberline recently opened a new manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania making state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly, sustainable products for the coatings industry. Lisa knows first-hand how red tape and radical proposals like the Green New Deal stymie our local businesses and families.
In 2011, alarmed by a Lehigh County tax increase, Lisa ran on a reform message and was elected to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, where she successfully led efforts to cut taxes every year, saving taxpayers over 41 million dollars. She served as board chair for two years.
Lisa gained a reputation as a fiscally conservative fighter who advocated for spending restraint, lower taxes, job creation, and an end to special-interest giveaways.
As a commissioner, reduced property taxes and streamlined government operations while keeping a close and skeptical eye on new spending.
“Four years in a row there was either a reduction in the millage rate, a rebate, or both. And it was always a fight,” she recalls.
Under Lisa’s leadership, the Board of Commissioners reasserted its control over contract negotiations with the county’s public sector unions, meaning it was no longer in the hands of a single county executive to shape contracts.
“It marked an important step toward making government more accountable to the taxpayers who support it while reducing political pressure on the county’s negotiator.”
Lisa also led a drive for increased government transparency. She played an important role in opening Board of Commissioner committee meetings to the press and public – and she did it with bipartisan support. Lisa proved adept at creating consensus across party lines and did so during a time of deepening political division between Republicans and Democrats statewide and nationally.
“The problems we face today aren’t ‘Democratic’ or ‘Republican’ problems. They’re challenges facing people of every background and belief,”
Lisa says. “They cut across partisan lines and we can only solve them by cutting across those same lines.”
Lisa is passionate about creating opportunities for others. She provided substantial support to many charitable causes, including educational and environmental organizations positively impacting our community and the world.
Most recently, Lisa was honored as “2021 Conservationist of the Year” by the Lehigh Valley Ducks Unlimited Chapter and the “Distinguished Citizen of the Year” by the Hawk Mountain Council of Boy Scouts of America.
Over the decades, Lisa has sponsored an array of scholarship programs. In 2019, she announced a scholarship enabling Lehigh County high school students to receive an associate’s degree from Lehigh Carbon Community College.
Lisa’s personal story is one of a young woman who reclaimed herself from the grip of drug and alcohol addiction. Her addiction, she says, brought her to the depths of personal despair – despair from which she climbed to become not only substance-free but a leader in efforts to bring the same healing to others. “What I discovered was that rock bottom is a solid foundation to build on,” she says.
In the face of the ravaging opioid epidemic, Lisa realized that she could help others by breaking her own anonymity. In 2018, after remaining clean and sober for 36 years anonymously, Lisa publicly shared her story to raise awareness that addiction can happen to anyone and that recovery is possible to anyone who embraces it.
That same year she founded the nonprofit, Hope & Coffee, a coffee shop and meeting place that seeks to bring persons recovering from alcohol and drug dependency back into the job market. The mission is to end the stigma of being in recovery. This Entrepreneur model, which takes no public money, is now being replicated in other cities and states.
Lisa is the mother of two grown children. She resides in Allentown. Her hobbies include exercise, hiking, and cycling throughout the region, and she enjoys cooking and photography.
SCHELLER, LISA J has run in 1 race for public office, winning 0 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,692,695
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Susan Ellis Wild (born June 7, 1957) is an American attorney and politician from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A Democrat, she is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district. The district is in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, and includes Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Bangor, and East Stroudsburg. Wild spent the last two months of 2018 as the member for Pennsylvania’s 15th congressional district after Charlie Dent resigned in 2018. She co-chairs the New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force and is vice chair of both the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus and the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. Wild is the first woman to represent the Lehigh Valley in Congress.
Wild is the daughter of Norman Leith and Susan Stimus Ellis. Her mother was a journalist. Her father served in the United States Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. Wild was born at Wiesbaden Air Force Base, West Germany, while her father was stationed there. She also lived in France, California, New Mexico, and Washington, D.C.
Early political career
Wild volunteered on Jimmy Carter‘s 1976 presidential campaign. She graduated from American University in 1978. She earned her Juris Doctor at George Washington University Law School in 1982. She studied under John Banzhaf. Wild became a partner at the law firm Gross McGinley in 1999.
Wild ran for Lehigh County Commissioner in 2013, but lost. She was appointed the first female solicitor of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in January 2015. She served as Solicitor of Allentown starting on January 7, 2015, when she was confirmed by the Allentown City Council.
U.S. House of Representatives
On December 31, 2017, Wild resigned from office to pursue her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives to succeed retiring Representative Charlie Dent (R) in 2018. Dent’s district had previously been the 15th, represented by seven-term Republican Charlie Dent. She won a six-candidate Democratic Party primary election with 33% of the vote, narrowly defeating Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, and faced Republican Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein in the November 6 general election. She defeated Nothstein in the general election with 53.5% of the vote to Northstein’s 43.5%.
On the same day, Wild also ran in a separate special election for the balance of Dent’s term; he had resigned in May after announcing the previous fall that he would not run for reelection. On November 15, 2018, it was announced that Wild had won the 15th congressional district’s special election, receiving 130,353 votes to Nothstein’s 129,593 votes.
There was a closer margin in the special election because that election was under the former 15th district, which had been thrown out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in February 2018. The former 15th had stretched from the Lehigh Valley into heavily Republican territory between Lebanon and Harrisburg, by way of a tendril in Berks County. The new 7th district is a more compact district centered in the Lehigh Valley, and includes a sliver of the Poconos.
Wild ran for reelection to a second term. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced former Lehigh County Commissioner Lisa Scheller in the general election. Wild defeated Scheller with 51.9% of the vote, less than was expected.
Wild has been critical of Brazil‘s President Jair Bolsonaro for holding views characterized as “far-right“, “misogynistic“, “homophobic” and “anti-immigrant“. In March 2019, she and 29 other Democratic lawmakers wrote U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a letter that read in part, “Since the election of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro as president, we have been particularly alarmed by the threat Bolsonaro’s agenda poses to the LGBTQ+ community and other minority communities, women, labor activists, and political dissidents in Brazil. We are deeply concerned that, by targeting hard-won political and social rights, Bolsonaro is endangering Brazil’s long-term democratic future.”
On December 10, 2019, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee advanced two articles of impeachment against Republican President Donald Trump. On December 18, 2019, Wild voted for the first article of impeachment, “abuse of power”, and the second article of impeachment, “obstruction of Congress”.
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Wild drew some controversy when she said, “Carbon County has many attributes, but it is a county that—although it was once an Obama county—it since has become a Trump county. I’m not quite sure what was in their heads because the people of Carbon County are exactly the kind of people who should not be voting for a Donald Trump, but I guess I might have to school them on that a little bit. But most of all, it is a very rural county.”
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- Congressional Ukrainian Caucus
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- New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force (Co-Chair) 
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Wild married Russell Wild in 1981. They divorced in 2003 after 22 years of marriage. They have two adult children. Following her divorce, Wild reunited with Kerry Acker, who remained her life partner until his death by suicide on May 25, 2019. She lives in South Whitehall Township, west of Allentown. She is Jewish.
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