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By John Guerriero, Kevin Flowers Erie Times-News staff bloggers
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Posted: April 11th, 2014
Bill Cole, Erie Times-News file photo

Bill Cole, Erie Times-News file photo

Erie County Democrats will hold a rally Wednesday in Erie as the May 20 primary draws closer.

The event will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Concourse at Union Station, 121 W. 14th St.

Bill Cole, Erie County Democratic Party chairman, said he expects some state House and Congressional candidates to appear at the rally. “We’ll be putting out the word about all our candidates and about voting,” he said.

The deadline to register to vote is April 21.

Those who attend the rally, hosted by Dale Roth, Bill Sesler and Greg Sesler, will get free beer, food and other refreshments.

Donations will be accepted, but are not required.

– John Guerriero


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Posted: January 24th, 2014
Ed Pawlowski/ETN file photo

Ed Pawlowski/ETN file photo

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will return to Erie on Saturday.

Pawlowski, one of eight Democratic candidates for governor, has made several campaign stops here and has wondered why more of the candidates aren’t doing the same.

Pawlowski will meet with Democratic committee members and the public at 11 a.m. at Erie County Democratic Party headquarters, 1305 State St.

Bill  Cole, Erie County Democratic Party chairman, estimated that Pawlowski has campaigned at least five times in Erie.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: October 24th, 2013

The Erie County Democratic Party will hold its fall “beef and ballots” dinner tonight.

Bill Cole, Erie Times-News file photo

Bill Cole, Erie Times-News file photo

The event will begin at 6 p.m., with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the Erie Maennerchor Club, 1601 State St.

Guests can still pay at the door tonight, said Bill Cole, the party’s chairman. The cost is $35 per person, or $250 for a table of eight.

Local Democrats on the Nov. 5 ballot will be among the speakers at the event, Cole said.

There’s been a change from the previous post on this subject. State Treasurer Rob McCord, a candidate for governor in 2014, will not appear at the dinner after all, Cole said. Cole said he has another commitment.

But two other candidates for governor will be there: John Hanger and Max Myers,  Cole said.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: August 21st, 2013

The Erie County Democratic Party is looking for candidates for a two-year term on Wesleyville Borough Council.

The vacancy was created with council’s appointment of Ed Rickrode, a former councilman, to serve as interim mayor. Rickrode, a Democrat, will be on both major party ballots in the Nov. 5 municipal election and is virtually assured election as mayor.

 The two-year council seat also will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The Democratic Party will appoint a nominee for the council seat, not make the appointment directly. Voters will decide who should fill the seat.

The Democratic Party’s executive committee will consider candidates and elect a nominee at a special meeting Saturday Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. at Erie County Democratic Party Headquarters,  1305 State St.

Potential candidate must be a registered Democrat and a resident of Wesleyville Borough for at least one year.

Bill Cole, Erie Times-News file photo

Bill Cole, Erie Times-News file photo

Interested candidates must contact Bill Cole, party chairman, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 30, to be considered. Cole can be reached by phone at  520-2431 or email at

– John Guerriero

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Posted: June 19th, 2013

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is exploring the option of running for Pennsylvania governor in 2014.

He will be in Erie on Thursday night to attend the Erie County Democratic Party’s summer picnic at Shade’s Beach in Harborcreek, starting at 5 p.m. Bill Cole, the party’s chairman, said it’s possible that some other Democrats running for governor could attend as well.

Pawlowski, Cole and Erie City Controller Casimir Kwitowski are holding a $50 per person breakfast fundraiser Friday, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel in support of a political action committee, Citizens for Pennsylvania Progress.

Pawlowski founded the PAC to support progressive Democrats throughout the state, said Mike Fleck, the mayor’s political director.

Pawlowski is running this year for re-election as mayor, but appears assured of another term. He was unopposed on the Democratic ticket  in the primary, and won a Republican write-in nomination, Fleck said.

Pawlowski holds another distinction, as his Twitter account states: He’s the mayor of the third largest city in Pennsylvania.  That’s a distinction that once belonged to Erie, which is now No. 4.

– John Guerriero


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Posted: May 6th, 2013

Three people were honored at the Erie County Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson and Jackson dinner.

The award recipients Friday included Judi Roth,  2012 committeewoman of the year, and Robert Merski Jr., 2012 committeeman of the year. Merski is an Erie city councilman.

Erie County Election Office Supervisor Sharon Drayer, who is retiring after the May 21 primary, was honored for more than 20 years of exceptional service, said Bill Cole, the party’s chairman. Drayer is retiring May 24.

Drayer said she couldn’t attend the event  due to a prior commitment.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: February 13th, 2013

Bill Cole, the chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party, must be pleased with the online Politics PA.

Bill Cole, Erie Times-News file photo

Bill Cole, Erie Times-News file photo

It named Cole as one of the 13 best Democratic and Republican Party chairs in Pennsylvania, including one of the six best  Democrats. There are 134 in the state.

Here’s what Politics PA said about Cole: “He comes well recommended by statewide Democratic campaigns and groups because his work ethic is significantly stronger than his ego; he’s willing to do what it takes.

“His effort was rewarded by excellent performances up and down the ballot in 2012, including a state Senate pickup (Sean Wiley in the 49th Dist.). Plus, he’s a press whiz – very skilled at hyping Dem events in the city by the lake.”

– John Guerriero

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Posted: January 18th, 2013

Democrats in Erie, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are talking today about their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C., for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

In Erie, Democrats will gather at noon at Erie County Democratic Party headquarters, 1305 State St. They also will discuss their hopes for Obama’s second term.

Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Bill Cole will be among those at the news conference.

You can check out the Erie Times-News and on Sunday for a full story on some of the Erie residents’ plans and expectations for the inauguration and related festivities.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: November 2nd, 2012

It’s pre-election rally time in the Erie area.

Today at 2 p.m., Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Bill Cole and former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper of Erie will urge volunteers to attend get-out-the-vote neighborhood canvasses this weekend and discuss the importance of voting Tuesday.

Democrats also will hold a GOTV rally for President Barack Obama and other Democrats on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Perry Square gazebo.

The Minority Political Caucus will hold a line dance party as part of a GOTV effort for Obama on Saturday, from 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Martin Luther King Center, 312 Chestnut St., in the gym. You’ll be asked for a $10 donation for that event, with refreshments provided.

Not to be outdone, the  Erie County Republican Party will hold a rally tonight at Waldameer Park’s Rainbow Gardens.

That “rally before the tally” for Gov. Mitt Romney and other GOP candidates on the ticket will be from 5 to 8 p.m.

The event will feature Congressmen Mike Kelly and Glenn Thompson, among other Republican candidates. That event, too, asks for a $10 donation, with food and beverages provided.

So are you ready for Tuesday?

– John Guerriero



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Posted: August 31st, 2012

With the Republican National Convention now in the books, it’s the Democrats’ turn.

Delegates from Erie County going to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte will hold a kick-off news conference today at noon at Democratic headquarters, 1305 State St.

Similar events are being held in cities across the state.

In Erie, Mayor Joe Sinnott, City Councilman Curtis Jones, Washington Township Supervisor Mary Jo Campbell, Harbor Creek School Director Christine Mitchell, Linda McCabe, first vice chairwoman of the county party, former City Councilwoman Rubye Jenkins-Husband, Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Bill Cole and others will attend today’s event.

Jenkins-Husband is an alternate delegate.

Look for a story in Sunday’s Erie Times-News and about what the delegates expect to hear and see during the convention, which runs Monday through Thursday.

– John Guerriero


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