Hello, I’m County Commissioner Kevin Barnhart running for re-election.

I was raised in the city of Reading, graduated from the Reading School District, and I’m happily married for the last 38 years to Pamela Rivers with an adopted son and two grandchildren.

As a teenager I became an active volunteer firefighter in the City of Reading where I served for a number of years and later at the age of 23, I became the youngest council person in West Reading, where I served for 15 years and then for 9 years as the Mayor of West Reading, instrumental in the formation of the first Main Street and Elm Street Districts in Berks County.

As your County Commissioner, I’ve made it a priority to work with the Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials to work with our local business owners to recruit and retain and expand the work force here in Berks County, to make this an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.

By being active in the community, I hear from you, how your hard-earned tax dollars should be prioritized. I know the value of your tax dollar. By consolidating Red Rose and Barta into one transportation agency, we improved service, restored Sunday service, and saved you two and a half million dollars.

Every person in our community matters to me. As co-chair of SOS Berks the opioids coalition, we must continue our efforts to stamp out the stigma of substance use disorder because there is hope in recovery.

To continue these good works I ask for your support. Together we’ve done great things in the past and we can do even better things in the future.

So this election day, I ask for your vote because Experience Matters.