Larry Padora announced today he is running for State Representative in the 124th Legislative District.

Padora, 38, and his family own and operate the Italian Bakery in Tamaqua, which produces over 100,000 loaves of bread a year for area grocers and caterers.

He is the president of New Ringgold Borough Council, which under his leadership has maintained one of the lowest tax millage rate of any municipality in Schuylkill County.

He is also chairman of the Schuylkill County Tax Collection Committee, which oversees the collection of the county's Earned Income Tax (EIT). Padora was integral in negotiating an EIT rate of 1.35 percent, the smallest in the state, which provided tax relief to every municipality in Schuylkill County.

Padora said he will lead by example by refusing to take the state pension and limiting himself to four terms in office.

"I believe that elected officials should be public servants who put the people's best interests first, instead of career politicians who put their own personal gain first," Padora said.