Berks County 2019 Election Guide


On November 5th in Berks County, two county commissioner seats, a key mayoral race, the District Attorney’s office, and a number of countywide leadership roles are on the line. Winning those seats could transform the county for years to come!

The positions at stake are crucial to tackling gun violence, enacting criminal justice reform, building our economy, and ensuring the transparent and efficient use of your tax dollars.

Every election matters, and we’re urging the Democrats of Berks County not only to vote, but to support our Democratic candidates every day until Election Day! Here’s who you’ll see on the ballot in countywide races this November and how to help them win.

Who’s on the Ballot

Pennsylvania Superior Court

Thousands rely on Pennsylvania courts for a fair shot in the era of mass incarceration, anti-union litigation, and GOP gerrymandering. We must ensure the Superior Court—our state’s second highest circuit—consists of judges who work for the people!

Amanda Green-Hawkins

Amanda Green-Hawkins grew up in a working-class union family. When she began her law career, she had the option to take a job at a high-powered law firm, but she chose to fight for workers instead.

For nearly twenty years, Amanda has defended workers’ rights in court as counsel for United Steelworkers. Now, she wants to fight for women and workers from the other side of the bench.

Dan McCaffery

Judge Dan McCaffery grew up in working-class Philadelphia and has spent all his adult life serving the people.

Currently, Judge McCaffery serves on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in one of the country’s busiest trial divisions. His record is one of sterling integrity and fairness, and he’s the only candidate, in any party, Highly Recommended by the PA Bar Association.

For Retention: Judge Anne Lazarus

A third Superior Court candidate, Judge Anne Lazarus, is eligible for retention on the circuit this November. Democrats should vote “Yes” on Judge Lazarus’ retention vote.


County Board of Commissioners

The Berks County Board of Commissioners are responsible for the operation of county government. If we win these seats, we’ll finally be in control of a number of key local issues, including schools, public transportation accessibility, and local environmental protection.

Donna Reed

Reading City councilwoman Donna Reed wants to work to strengthen the Berks business sector.

She wants to foster a cooperative atmosphere among the county, municipal governments and private industries.

Kevin Barnhardt

An anchor of the Berks County community, Kevin Barnhardt is running for his fourth consecutive term on the Board of Commissioners.

He has worked on various projects to  improve county government and provide opportunities to enhance services.

District Attorney

It’s the duty of the District Attorney to protect the people of Berks County and ensure equal justice for all of its people. District Attorneys lead criminal justice reform and are a crucial bridge between law enforcement and the courts.

John T. Adams

John was elected D.A. in 2008 and has been exemplary in the role, winning various awards and recognitions. Prior, he was an Assistant D.A. and a parole officer, giving him a firsthand glimpse of the struggles convicted people face trying to rehabilitate and start anew.

John is seeking re-election to continue his work tackling opioid issues and gun violence with an eye towards prevention and diversion, not simply incarceration.

Reading City Mayor

The mayor is responsible for enforcement of the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the ordinances of the City of Reading.

Eddie Moran

A senior leadership role on Reading’s school board has given Eddie experience he’ll need to navigate city hall and fight for Reading’s kids! Eddie will make great schools and good paying jobs the core focus of his administration.

Eddie would also be the first Latinx mayor of Reading—setting a renewed tone of acceptance and diversity in a time of extreme racial division.


The Berks County Sheriff’s office serves and enforces all orders of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas, deals with sales of firearms, and assists in the County Drug Task Force.

Bart Ganster

Bart Ganster hopes to bring fresh perspectives and solutions to the office of County Sheriff. He wants to introduce proactive policies to the office, including launching free educational programs for first-time firearm buyers. 

Clerk of Courts

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas.

Andrea Jefferson

With 30 years of experience working for the county, Andrea has the experience and creativity to thrive in the position. She hopes to bring more flexibility to the office and increase productivity.  

Recorder of Deeds

Frederick Sheeler

When Fred became Recorder in 2008, he inherited an office fraught with problems and corruption. Fred quickly fixed those issues and helped hold his predecessor accountable for crimes committed in office.

Today, our Recorder’s office is a model for other counties and one of the most efficient in the country, with annual expenses reduced more than $2MM/year. Fred is a true asset to Berks County; let’s keep him in office!

Making a Plan to Vote

Election Day 2019 is Tuesday, November 5th, and polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Make note of these key deadlines so your voice can be heard.

Voter Registration
October 7, 2019

Absentee Ballot Request
October 29, 2019

Absentee Ballot Submittal
November 1, 2019 | 5:00 PM


For any other voting questions or support, please visit the PA Dems Voting Center!

How to Help Dems Win

The PA Democratic Party and the Berks County Democratic Committee are organizing voters across the region in support of Berks Democratic candidates. Your support is invaluable to that mission.

Volunteers are needed to knock doors, make phone calls, and help register voters! We also welcome donations to power our volunteer-led field campaign.