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Posted: October 30th, 2013

Endorsement season continues.

John F. Evans, the Republican candidate for Erie City Council,  has been endorsed by the Erie firefighters union and the Erie Fraternal Order of Police in Tuesday’s municipal election. Evans is one of five candidates seeking a seat on council.

John Evans/ETN photo

John Evans/ETN photo

The others are incumbents Dave Brennan, Curtis Jones Jr., and Jim Winarski, plus Erie City Controller Casimir J. Kwitowski.

Six Democratic colleagues on council appointed Evans to replace Joe Schember after he resigned in 2012.

“I am extremely gratified to be endorsed by the city’s two public safety unions,” Evans said in a statement. “These men and women do an excellent job of protecting all those who live, work and visit our city and it is important that we continue to support their efforts.”

Meanwhile, Lisa Austin, the write-in Democratic candidate for Erie County Council’s 2nd District, has gained the endorsement of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties. APSCUF represents 6,000 professors and coaches at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities, including Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa Austin/ETN file photo

Lisa Austin/ETN file photo

Austin is a tenured sculpture professor at Edinboro.

She is running against Democratic nominee Andre Horton and Republican nominee Ned Smith.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: October 15th, 2013

The Erie branch of the NAACP will hold a candidate’s forum tonight.

The event will be held at the Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

According to the Jefferson Society, among those scheduled to attend are Erie County executive candidates Kathy Dahlkemper and Don Tucci; Erie City Council candidates Dave Brennan, John Evans and Curtis Jones Jr.; 2nd District County Council candidates Andre Horton and Ned Smith; Erie County judge candidate Bob Sambroak; and Erie School Board candidate Angela Euell-McNair.

The event is free and open to the public.

The forum will be moderated by WJET-TV reporters Danielle Woods and Mike Holden.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: October 9th, 2013

A fundraiser will be held tonight for Lisa Austin, a Democratic write-in candidate for Erie County Council’s 2nd District seat.

Lisa Austin/ETN file photo

Lisa Austin/ETN file photo

Tom Scully, the owner of Scully’s Pub, 408 State St., is hosting what’s called a  “Lisa Austin is the Write Choice” fundraiser from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Beer and pretzels will be served. Those who attend the fundraiser will get information about Austin, meet her and learn about the write-in process, according to the campaign.

There is no cost to attend, but donations are encouraged.

The campaign said a life-sized “Write In Lisa Austin” pencil will circulate throughout Erie during the election season. For more information about the campaign, visit here. 

Austin won’t appear on the ballot, so she is working to get the word out about her campaign.

Democrat Andre Horton and Republican Ned Smith will be on the ballot.

Austin lost the Democratic Party’s nomination by 10 votes to Horton in the primary.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: October 1st, 2013

The municipal campaigns are heating up in Erie County.

And the backers of one candidate, Democrat Andre Horton, are urging supporters to attend what’s called a “home stretch” house party Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Andre Horton/ETN file photo

Andre Horton/ETN file photo

The fundraiser will be at the home of lawyer Stephen Sebald, 3817 State St. A $25 donation is being sought.

RSVP by Thursday at

Horton is a candidate for Erie County Council’s 2nd District, which covers the bayfront from Millcreek to Lawrence Park townships.

He will be opposed Nov. 5 by Republican Ned Smith and write-in candidate Lisa  Austin, another Democrat.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: July 22nd, 2013

Lisa Austin will  announce her plans for the Nov. 5 municipal election on Tuesday evening.

Lisa Austin/ETN file photo

Lisa Austin/ETN file photo

But really, what else could it be besides an attempt for a write-in campaign for County Council’s 2nd District seat?

“If she does run, she would maintain the same political party, which is Democrat,” said Julia Nene, Austin’s communications and PR leader.

That would leave only one option — a write-in attempt.

I spoke briefly to Austin, but she declined to provide details until the news conference. “We’re announcing something” about the election, she said.

Austin, you might recall, lost by 10 votes to Andre Horton in the Democratic primary for an Erie County Council seat. Horton will face Republican Ned Smith in the municipal election.

Austin will announce her plans for the Nov. 5 municipal election during a news conference Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Temple Building, 32 W. Eighth St., Suite 605.

She sure sounded like a candidate in a news release.

“Since the primary … I have continued to work on plans to invigorate Erie’s economy and revitalize our region,” she said in a statement.

“Erie is at a critical juncture, and we need to move it forward by tapping into its potential. There is too much crime, jobs being lost and young minds seeking opportunities elsewhere. We are better than this, and we must change course,” she said.

The 2nd District takes in Erie’s bayfront from Millcreek to Lawrence Park townships.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: June 4th, 2013

Andre Horton’s 10-vote win over Lisa Austin for the Democratic nomination for an Erie County Council seat was close.

But it may not have been the closest in council history.

Joy Greco/ETN file photo

Joy Greco/ETN file photo

Former Councilwoman Joy Greco, of Millcreek, passes along word that when she ran against 10-year incumbent Robert Walkow in 1991, it was even closer.

For that year’s municipal election,  Walkow appeared to have won by 44 votes. But during the official count three days later, election officials discovered a 50-vote error in Greco’s favor.

That gave Greco a six-vote margin and the victory.

She went on to be elected three more times by sizeable margins, and retired from council in December 2006.

Greco, by the way, has built a sizeable resume in politics.

She served as the first woman appointed to the Millcreek Planning Commission and the Millcreek  Zoning Hearing Board, for a total of 16 years of service.

Greco, a  Democrat, will be on both party ballots in the Nov. 5 election for an auditor position in Millcreek government.

She was unopposed for her party’s nomination, but also won a write-in Republican nomination.

The three-member Board of Auditors meet annually to set the salaries of the Millcreek supervisors.

Horton’s victory held up during an official recount Monday. He will face Republican Ned Smith in the election.

– John Guerriero


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Posted: May 2nd, 2013

It’s getting to be that time of year — endorsement season.

Andre Horton has picked up a labor endorsement in his bid for an Erie County Council seat.

Andre Horton/ETN file photo

Andre Horton/ETN file photo

Horton, the former president of the local chapter of the NAACP, has gained the backing of the Great Lakes Building & Construction Trades Council. Horton is a 25-year member of Laborers’ Local 603.

“Andre has the intelligence and vision to bring new ideas to council,” Dan Harmon, president of the labor organization, said in a prepared statement. The group represents thousands of workers from 17 trade and construction unions.

Horton said in a prepared statement of his own: “Our message of change on County Council is resonating and I am very proud of this endorsement.”

Horton is among five Democrats seeking his party’s nomination in the May 21 primary for the 2nd District seat on County Council. Among the candidates is longtime incumbent Joe Giles.

– John Guerriero

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