Erie Chamber Blog
Wednesday April 21,  2021

Meet the Candidates is an annual education series to connect the business community to citizens seeking public office in Erie County. Candidates were invited to complete a brief questionnaire; answers appear as provided by the candidate. The views expressed below are not those of the Erie Regional Chamber. We invite you to get to know the candidates and mark your calendars to vote in Pennsylvania's Primary Election on Tuesday, May 18th. 


Meet the Candidate: Steve Rathmann
Greenfield Township Supervisor

Current Employer(s)
Owner, Rathmann Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

About Steve
My wife and I have lived in Greenfield Township for 25 years. I am the 3rd Generation Owner of a Local Commercial Plumbing and Heating Company. I was appointed to the Greenfield Township Planning Commission and served one term. After serving one year on the planning commission, I ran as a candidate for Greenfield Township Supervisor and was elected twice as a Greenfield Township Supervisor. For 12 years, I have served as a Township Supervisor, along with past and present Supervisors, we have completed many projects thru grants including bridge replacements, dirt and gravel roads grants, drainage, upgraded equipment and buildings, and cooperated with neighboring townships.

In 2012, The Greenfield Township Volunteer Fire Company was reorganized. At the first meeting of the Greenfield Township Volunteer Fire Company, I was nominated as President of Green Field Fire Company. I served as President for six years. I currently hold the position of Vice President. Since reorganizing, the Fire Company has increased firefighter enrollment from 3 members to 16 firefighter and EMS providers. The Fire Company has updated and replaced safety equipment, purchased a used rescue vehicle, purchased a brand new tanker, replaced the roof, has installed new overhead doors, and received numerous state and federal grants.


Why are you running for Greenfield Township Supervisor?

I am running for the office of Supervisor to continue to improve our Township.


What are your top three priorities you wish to work on if elected?

Hard Surface Roads, Drainage Projects, Grant Opportunities


How would you be an advocate for key education initiatives such as the Erie County Community College, K-12 education, and early education as they relate to workforce development?

Promote Workforce Development, Skilled Labor Force


How will you work to advocate for the modernization of public health infrastructure and encourage public/private partnerships to address deficiencies in our public health system? 

N/A

According to TrackTheRecovery.org, Erie County is estimated to have lost over 28% of small businesses. How would you work to encourage financial stability within local and state governments without overburdening the small business community?

Programs to get paid while you are paid.


Our community is expecting a total of $225 million or more in American Recovery Plan funds.  As a community leader, how would you prioritize this funding?

Construction and renovation. 


Pittsburgh has seen success with tools such as Tax Increment Finance and Transit Revitalization Investment District to spur their City’s revitalization.  Are you willing to make long-term investments in economic development?

N/A

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