ChamberPAC Endorses Jeffrey Olsommer in HD-139 Special Election

HARRISBURG – ChamberPAC, the bipartisan political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, today announced its endorsement of Republican candidate Jeffrey Olsommer in the upcoming special election to fill the vacant seat representing Pennsylvania’s 139th House District. The special election will coincide with the state’s primary election next Tuesday, April 23.

“Jeffrey has demonstrated a deep dedication to public service and a commitment to fight for employers and working families,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein. “He will be a strong voice in Harrisburg for policies that will help grow the Commonwealth’s economy and foster job creation. On behalf of ChamberPAC and the state’s broad-based business community, I encourage residents of the 139th District to vote for Jeffrey Olsommer in the upcoming election.”

Olsommer, a longtime small business owner, is Chairman of the Sterling Township Board of Supervisors and serves as a director on the board of the Wayne Memorial Health Foundation. Olsommer formerly served as a director on the boards of  the Western Wayne Education Foundation, the Wayne Economic Development Corporation, and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, and as President of Southern Wayne Regional Chamber of Commerce, now known as the Chamber of the Northern Poconos.

The 139th state House District includes parts of Wayne and Pike Counties. The seat was vacated by the retirement of then-Rep. Joe Adams.

ChamberPAC Issues Endorsements for Statewide Appellate Court Races

HARRISBURG – ChamberPAC, the bipartisan political action committee of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, today announced its slate of endorsed candidates for statewide judicial office in the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.

“Pennsylvania’s appellate courts hold immense importance for employers, and the decisions they make have a profound impact on every facet of life in the Commonwealth,” PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein said. “We believe these candidates’ judicial philosophies, decisions, and past experiences will contribute to the integrity of our courts and reflect favorably on the business community.”

In the race for Pennsylvania Supreme Court, ChamberPAC has endorsed Judge Carolyn Carluccio. Judge Carluccio was elected to the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in 2009, where she has served with distinction as the first female President Judge in the county’s history.

As a common pleas judge, Carluccio was assigned to sit in the Criminal, Family, and Civil Court Benches and as an alternate Judge to Juvenile Court. Carluccio also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and as Montgomery County’s first female Chief Public Defender.

Judge Carluccio is Highly Recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and was endorsed by ChamberPAC during the primary election. Click here to read ChamberPAC’s primary election endorsement of Judge Carluccio.

In the race to fill two seats on Pennsylvania’s Superior Court, ChamberPAC has endorsed Maria Battista and Judge Harry Smail, Jr.

Battista, a former Commonwealth Attorney and Assistant District Attorney for Venango County, has more than 15 years of legal experience in civil, criminal, and administrative law. She demonstrated fairness and impartiality as a hearing examiner and would bring a unique perspective the bench. Learn more about Maria Battista here.

Judge Smail has served on the Court of Common Pleas in Westmoreland County since 2014. During his tenure, Judge Smail has administered a complex civil litigation docket of a variety of nuanced legal issues, boasting a 97 percent affirmation rate of his judicial opinions. Prior to his joining the bench, Judge Smail spent 17 years as a litigation attorney. Judge Smail is Recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association “based on his extensive background, legal ability, and temperament.” Learn more about Judge Harry Smail, Jr. here.

In the race for Commonwealth Court, ChamberPAC has endorsed Megan Martin.

Martin’s three-decade career in public service includes legal experience across all three branches of Pennsylvania state government and as an attorney for the United States Navy.

Martin served as the Pennsylvania Senate’s Secretary-Parliamentarian for more than a decade, where she managed the legislative process, decided legal appeals, and drafted legal opinions on Right-to-Know Law issues. Martin is Recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, which pointed to her “substantial administrative law experience” in its favorable review of her candidacy. Learn more about Megan Martin here.

For more information about ChamberPAC, click here.

Election Day in PA: What You Need to Know

Tomorrow is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania! In addition to the municipal primary elections, several Pennsylvania statewide appellate court races will be on the ballot this year as well as a pair of special elections to fill vacancies in the state House that could tip the balance of power in Harrisburg.

Here is a rundown of everything you need to know to maximize your vote’s impact and help elect candidates that will stand up for our state’s business community.


Voting by mail

The deadline to request a mail-in or absentee ballot was May 9. If you requested a ballot prior to that date and have not yet returned it, the PA Department of State reminds you to hand-deliver your ballot at your county election office, designated drop-box, or drop-off site. Mail-in and absentee ballots must be received no later than 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 16. To find your county election office, drop-box, or drop-off site, please click here.


Voting in-person

Polls will open be tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. To look up your polling place, click here.



ChamberPAC, the bipartisan political action committee of the PA Chamber, regularly supports and endorses candidates for the Pennsylvania state legislature and certain statewide offices who demonstrate support for our state’s job creators, embrace and adhere to the tenets of free enterprise, and pledge to make Pennsylvania a more competitive home for business. ChamberPAC does not endorse candidates in municipal races.

ChamberPAC has endorsed Republican Judge Carolyn Carluccio for PA State Supreme Court because of her integrity, dedication to fair and impartial application of the law, commitment to judicial ethics, and her deep knowledge of issues facing Pennsylvania’s business community. To read ChamberPAC’s full endorsement of Judge Carluccio, click here

ChamberPAC has endorsed Republican Katie Ford for PA House District 163, comprising part of Delaware County, because of her knowledge of the issues facing the business community as well as her background in special education and service to our country in the U.S. Army. To read ChamberPAC’s full endorsement of Katie Ford, click here

ChamberPAC has also endorsed Republican Michael Stender for PA House District 108, comprising all of Montour County and part of Northumberland County, because of his proven record of community service, dedication to public safety, and his commitment to keeping Pennsylvania’s communities healthy and vibrant. To read ChamberPAC’s full endorsement of Michael Stender, click here.


Remember, the most powerful tools you have are your VOICE and your VOTE! As the largest broad-based business association in Pennsylvania, the PA Chamber encourages employers to support these candidates, whose decisions could deeply impact our state’s business community going forward.