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Berks County: Who’s Running For Office?

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Here at Politics PA, we want to make sure that you are aware of who is running for elected office and where they stand.

Today, we take a look at the candidates for office in Berks County.

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas (23rd District)

  • Justin D. Bodor (D)
  • Kurt Geishauer (D)
  • Jill Scheidt (D)


County Commissioner

The Board of Commissioners constitutes the chief governing body of the County. The three elected at large members perform the executive and legislative functions of county government. The Commissioners serve four year terms.

  • Dante Santoni, Jr. (D)
  • Jess Royer (D)
  • Douglas Metcalfe (D)
  • Isamac Torres-Figueroa (D)
  • Michael Rivera (R)
  • Christian Y. Leinbach (R)
  • Mark C. Scott (R)
  • Maria Bogdanova-Peifer (R)
  • David Golowski (R)


County Controller

The Controller supervises the fiscal affairs of the County. The office scrutinizes, audits and decides on all bills, claims, and demands whatsoever against the County; draws and certifies vouchers for all bills, claims, and demands against the County that meet the Controller’s approval.

  • Joe Rudderow (R)


Recorder of Deeds

Responsibilities of the Recorder of Deeds Office include: Official County Recorder of all County deeds, mortgages, and real estate transactions; Records all Notary Public Commissions, renewals and changes and also swears in all Notary Publics

  • Fred Sheeler (D)
  • Mary Kozak (R)
  • J. Scott DeFrees (R)


Register of Wills

The Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphan’s Court is an elected official who serves as a dual officeholder and whose primary function is to determine whether the document offered for probate should be received as the last will of the decedent.

  • Adrian Jadic (D)
  • Suzanne M. Myers (R)



The office is responsible for elements of criminal court, civil court, enforcement of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code and Motor Vehicle Code, and has a licensing issuance and enforcement function.

  • Eric J. Weaknecht (R)


Clerk of Courts

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Clerk signs and affixes the Seal of the Courts to all writs and processes, administers oaths and affirmations, and assumes custody of the seal and records of the Court.

  • Beth A. Jones (R)


District Attorney

This office works closely with over 40 local police departments, state and federal law enforcement to ensure the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are upheld and that our citizens are protected. Our goal is to keep Berks County safe and secure by effectively working with the entire law enforcement community.

  • John T. Adams (D)


County Treasurer

The Treasurer is the custodian of the County money. The Treasurer collects real estate taxes, fees and receipts to disburse all funds after authorization by the Controller and the Commissioners. This department also issues licenses for Bingo, Small Games of Chance, hunting, fishing, dogs, boats, and pistol permits (when used in conjunction with hunting and fishing).

  • Winston Dilone (D)
  • Mitchell R. Darcourt (R)


Mayor, City of Reading

  • Celines Ekvall (D)
  • Nelton Manon (D)
  • Eddie Moran (D)
  • Maria Arias (D)
  • Jose Nunez (R)



  • Maria Rodriguez (D)


Reading City Council President

  • Virna Quinones (D)
  • Donna Reed (D)
  • Evelyn W. Morrison (R)


Magisterial District Judge (MDJ) 

Magisterial District Court is the first level of judicial authority in Pennsylvania and is the court where most people experience the judicial system for the first time. Magisterial District Judges handle all traffic cases, minor criminal cases, and civil cases involving amounts up to $12,000. Magisterial District Judges also set bail and conduct preliminary hearings in misdemeanor and felony criminal cases to determine if the cases should be dismissed or transferred to the Court of Common Pleas for further proceedings.  County Magisterial Districts Map

MDJ 23-1-01

  • Melissa Seidel-Karpovich (D/R)
  • Mike Kaufman (D/R)
  • Nicole Rosella (D/R)


MDJ 23-1-02

  • Carissa Johnson (D/R)


MDJ 23-2-02

  • Eric J. Taylor (D/R)

MDJ 23-3-02

  • Rick Drumheller (D/R)
  • Robert Haas (D/R)
  • Andrew Mathias (D/R)
  • Charlie Maddona (D/R)
  • David Schott (R)


MDJ 23-3-03

  • Steven M. Chieffo (D/R)


MDJ 23-3-04

  • Gail M. Greth (D/R)


MDJ 23-3-05

  • Brian Strand (D/R)


MDJ 23-3-07

  • Andrea Bock (D/R)
  • David Dye (D/R)
  • Shawn Raup-Konsavage (D/R)
  • Jeffrey Zimmerman (R)


MDJ 23-3-09

  • Tonya Butler (D/R)

One Response

  1. For the MDJ Races, 23-1-01 is not correct. The correct court number is 23-3-01.


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