Former BCIU director, RSD superintendent enters race for Congress

THORNDALE, Pa. - A longtime educator who spent part of his career in Berks County is now taking on a new role as politician.

John George has set his sights on Congress, announcing Wednesday his bid for the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania's 16th District, which includes Reading and some of its surrounding suburbs.

The seat is currently held by Republican Lloyd Smucker, who won election to the open seat in November and began his first term in January.

A native of McKeesport, George currently serves as the executive director of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Prior to taking that job, he led the Berks County Intermediate Unit as its executive director for more than six years.

In January 2014, George added to his duties by assuming the role of acting superintendent for the Reading School District. He was tasked with helping to turn around the struggling district, which had just fired its superintendent.

In addition to Berks, the 16th District is also comprised of parts of Chester and Lancaster counties.



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