Friday, March 31, 2023

Larry Padora Announces Candidacy for Schuylkill County Commissioner

Larry Padora, of New Ringgold, has announced his candidacy in running for Schuylkill County Commissioner.

Padora, a small business owner, says he is running because we need bold, conservative leaders who will stand strong for taxpayers by fighting lockdowns and reassessments while restoring good government.

“Our people continually move away to places with lower taxes, better jobs, and clean government,” Padora said. “It’s time to start a new chapter, so that our children and grandchildren will want to remain here to thrive instead of fleeing for greener pastures.”

Padora owns the historic Padora’s Italian Bakery, which has been in operation in Tamaqua for 138 years. Padora produces over 100,000 loaves of bread a year for area grocers and caterers, while donating loaves of bread to Toys for Tots and other charitable causes. 

While large corporate stores like Wal-Mart have driven out many local family-owned businesses, Padora’s Italian Bakery has continued to thrive through hard work, proper planning, and dedication to quality. 

Padora says "The bakery, like many businesses in the region, suffered through the Pandemic because of the heavy hand of Big Government, when no officials were willing to stand up for them."

“As a business owner and homeowner who has been deeply impacted by the effects of Big Government, I will never back down,” Padora said.

Padora is no stranger to public service. A lifelong conservative Republican, Padora is the president of borough council in New Ringgold.

Padora says under his tenure, the town's thrift has enabled it to increase public services while maintaining one of the lowest tax rates in the county. He says he and his fellow councilmen saved taxpayers $142,000 when they came in well under budget on the installation of a government-mandated sewage treatment system. He also says the council has saved New Ringgold taxpayers money by building a playground and sealing cracks in the town’s roads themselves, rather than hiring pricey outside contractors for the job.

Padora was unanimously elected chairman of the county’s Tax Collection Committee, a body comprising one volunteer delegate from each municipality and school district to oversee the collection of over $20 million in local Earned Income Tax revenue. As Chairman, Padora says he helped to pull the delegates together to negotiate one of the lowest tax collection rates in Pennsylvania.

An officer in the Republican Party through the years, Padora has spoken up for numerous reforms, such as holding county commissioner meetings at night so working people can attend. He has called for greater transparency in the courthouse, including placing all county contracts and transactions on the county’s official website for taxpayers to easily see how their money is being spent.

And last year, Padora was one of many Republicans that called upon current Commissioner George Halcovage to resign.

“I’ve always been someone who fixes things and makes them run better. The courthouse is in dire need of a strong, conservative leader to institute transparency and efficiency for the peoples’ tax dollars. I firmly believe that our brightest days are ahead with a new generation of principled leadership.”