A Maidencreek Township supervisor is once again making a run for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' relocated 5th District.
Joe Rudderow, a Republican, announced plans to seek his party's nomination to represent the district in Harrisburg.
"I am motivated to run for this seat because I want to cultivate the best in Berks County," Rudderow said in a written statement. "To me, that means listening to people and using common sense to foster job growth for present and future generations."
Rudderow, who owns Bell Hardware and Supply in Trexlertown, Lehigh Co., said he brings decades of private sector business experience to his campaign.
"As someone who signs the front of the paycheck, I understand firsthand the challenges our job creators face and the impact bad public policy has on people's livelihood," said Rudderow. "As a parent and husband, I know the many challenges that face families in Berks today."
Rudderow said he believes a vibrant economy must be bolstered by successful businesses and meaningful tax reform in order for Pennsylvania to retain its senior citizens and high school and college graduates.
The 5th state House District consists of Alsace, Bern, Bethel, Centre, Exeter (Precincts 1, 5, and 9), Jefferson, Maidencreek, Marion, Ontelaunee, Penn, Ruscombmanor, Tulpehocken, Upper Bern and Upper Tulpehocken townships and the boroughs of Bernville, Centerport, Fleetwood, Leesport, Strausstown and Womelsdorf.
Rudderow first announced his bid for the seat, moved from Erie County to Berks County, in the 2012 election, but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court later rejected the state's redistricting efforts. That meant the district lines drawn in 2001 remained in effect for the 2012 election.