DOWNINGTOWN — The local, state and national chambers of commerce gathered Tuesday to announce their united support for 6th Congressional District candidate Ryan Costello.
The gathering was to announce both the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsements for Costello, a Republican seeking to succeed incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, who is not seeking re-election.
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry noted it does not officially endorse federal candidates, but said it would put its support behind Costello’s campaign.
Costello, Chester County Commissioners’ chairman, is up against Democratic candidate Manan Trivedi, a Berks County doctor who ran unsuccessfully against Gerlach in two previous tries.
During the event Tuesday, Guy Ciarrocchi, president and CEO of the Chester County Chamber, noted that Costello “was someone who possesses the skills of a businessman” and of a “public servant.” He spoke about Costello’s time working as both a township supervisor and now as county commissioner.
“He’s a great fit for U.S. Congress,” Ciarrocchi said. “He’s somebody who will get things done.”
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce President Gene Barr also spoke about the need for federal government to work to improve individual state’s economies. He said that Pennsylvania has done a lot of work to create jobs, but it needed cooperation at the federal level. Barr said that the Chamber felt that Costello was the right fit for the job.
“We’ve come to understand that this is the kind of guy we need in Washington right now,” he said.
Rob Engstrom, national political director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said that Costello would work in a bipartisan way to help improve the economy. He said that things like Obamacare and excessive regulations were hurting businesses and Congress needed to work together to find solutions.
Engstrom called Costello the “clear choice” for Congress.
“The local, state and national business communities are united in supporting Ryan Costello,” said Engstrom.
Costello spoke last at the event and highlighted his work outside of his role as county commissioner. Costello is an attorney with O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei of Phoenixville and said that he spent his entire life in the region, noting that he has experience working in Chester, Montgomery and Berks counties, which help to make up the 6th District.
“For the past 12 years I represented small businesses in the tri-county area,” said Costello.
He also noted that he wanted to go to Congress to work to find solutions to help small businesses.
“We need to find bipartisan solutions where we can,” Costello said. “I want to work with whoever I can in D.C.”