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Sunday, June 16, 2019

DeFrain announces candidacy

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Chris DeFrain, 50, has been a resident of Emmaus for most of the last 40 years and is announcing a run for re-election to Emmaus Borough Council.

DeFrain is a Certified Public Accountant and the Chief Financial Officer of Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group, Inc.

DeFrain lives in Emmaus with his wife, Suzanne and his children Melissa and Paul. He is a graduate of Emmaus High School and Muhlenberg College.

DeFrain is currently finishing his first term on Emmaus Borough Council and is up for re-election. He currently serves on the general administration committee, the public safety committee and the budget and finance committee. He is also the council vice president.

“I’ve been a CPA for the last 18 years and a CFO for the past nine years. The major issue facing Emmaus is trying to properly balance our budget through expense management and revenue. We face numerous challenges as our aging infrastructure needs annual maintenance and repair at the same time our legacy health insurance and pension costs are becoming more complex. We need to continue to develop long-term plans that address these items while remaining as transparent as possible to our residents. My background in business and finance has been very helpful in guiding some of these decisions,” DeFrain says.

“My four years of experience on the Emmaus Borough Council and involvement on six of our seven working committees have shown me many of the problems faced by Emmaus. The solutions require bi-partisan efforts of everyone working together to make decisions in the best interest of our residents and the borough,” DeFrain added.