Democrats Dante Santoni and Jess Royer will advance to the general election for Berks County commissioner in November after likely securing the top two spots in Tuesday’s primary election.
Santoni, a former state representative, received the most votes with 11,866. Royer, a Spring Township supervisor, came in second with 10,727 votes.
All vote totals are incomplete and unofficial.
The two will join Republican incumbents Christian Leinbach and Michael Rivera in vying for three spots on board in the fall.
There were four Democratic candidates running for two nominations in the primary. Former Reading School Board Director Isamac Torres-Figueroa came in third with 8,730 votes and finishing in fourth was Twin Valley School Board Director Douglas Metcalfe with 7,192 votes.
All four Democratic candidates were newcomers to the race. Former Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt stepped down from his post in January to take over as the county’s new chief operations officer, and Lucine Sihelnik was picked to replace him after vowing not to run in the election.
The board of commissioners constitutes the chief governing body of the county. The commissioners serve on the salary, prison, retirement and election boards. In carrying out the management of county finances and property, they appoint a board for the assessment of real property in the county; formulate and approve the annual budget; set the annual county tax rates; supervise the conduct of elections; and provide for the care of prisoners.
Commissioners are elected to four-year terms and receive a salary of $110,338.
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