The Greater Reading Chamber PAC is supporting the Berks County Commissioner candidate slate of incumbent Commissioners Christian Leinbach and Michael Rivera for re-election and Dante Santoni, Jr. for the open position. In a news release distributed Monday, the organization says the three have a proven track record of effective leadership, fiscal responsibility, and supporting pro-business, pro-growth policies that will benefit every citizen of Berks County.
“Commissioners Leinbach and Rivera have been stalwart supporters of economic development in Berks County. Under their leadership, the county undertook the Imagine Berks initiative to bring various stakeholders together on issues related to economic development, housing, broadband expansion, and workforce attraction. Their steady leadership through COVID and the prudent fiscal decisions they have made has positioned Berks County for positive growth and opportunity,” said Mike Duff, GRC PAC Chairman.
“Commissioner Leinbach has also been one of the key driving forces to re-establish intercity passenger rail to Reading with the unanimous creation of the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority. This is the closest our community has come to achieving this goal since the last train departed in 1981,” said Jim Gerlach, President & CEO of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance and GRC PAC Board Member.
“Dante Santoni, Jr. brings nearly two decades of state government experience as a former member of the PA House of Representatives, representing portions of Berks County, as well as local government and private sector experience to the role of Commissioner. Mr. Santoni supports expanding opportunities for local business growth and development, passenger rail, and knows how to work collaboratively for the betterment of our county,” Mr. Gerlach continued.
The Greater Reading Chamber PAC says it is proud to support the candidate slate of Christian Leinbach, Michael Rivera, and Dante Santoni, Jr. for Berks County Commissioners, stating it is most balanced and experienced team to lead our county for the next four years.
The GRC PAC does not endorse candidates, but will support candidates who are pro-business, pro-growth, and represent Berks County. The GRC PAC is separate from the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance and the decision to support candidates is dictated by the GRC PAC Board and its bylaws. When choosing to support a candidate, the GRC PAC will ask candidates to answer questions on pro-business and economic development issues as well as review voting records, where available, experience, and support for local development projects.