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Posted: November 14th, 2013

It appears that at least two losing candidates in the Nov. 5 election haven’t been soured by politics.

Don Tucci/File photo

Don Tucci/File photo

Don  Tucci, the Republican who lost to Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper for county executive, and Republican Joseph Kujawa, who lost his bid for a fourth term as Millcreek supervisor to Democrat John Groh, were among the supporters attending Gov. Tom Corbett’s news conference Wednesday in Erie.

Corbett made Erie the last stop on his weeklong tour of Pennsylvania cities as he formally announced his bid for re-election to a second term.

Corbett spoke to about 80 people gathered in a second-floor meeting room, overlooking Presque Isle Bay, at the Bayfront Sheraton Hotel.

Before the governor spoke, taking the stage for a few comments were: Jean Craige Pepper Victor, president of the Erie County Republican Women; Joyce Haas, vice chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party; and Susan Corbett, the governor’s wife.

Joseph Kujawa/ETN file photo

Joseph Kujawa/ETN file photo

 

Susan Corbett said about her husband, “It’s not about ego or power for Tom. It’s about making a difference.”

– John Guerriero

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Posted: November 6th, 2013

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn congratulated the Democrats who won their races Tuesday.

Jim Burn/ETN file photo

Jim Burn/ETN file photo

And in a statement, he made a point of singling out County Executive-elect Kathy Dahlkemper, among others.

“Kathy Dahlkemper’s active approach to leadership will benefit all Erie County residents. She has a proven record of public service and will continue to serve constituents through her plans to bring additional job creation and economic stability to Erie,” she said.

Kathy Dahlkemper/ETN file photo

Kathy Dahlkemper/ETN file photo

Dahlkemper, a former congresswoman, defeated businessman Don Tucci in the municipal election.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: November 4th, 2013

Just about everyone is predicting a low voter turnout Tuesday.

And that’s one of the reasons that Kathy Dahlkemper’s campaign is urging her supporters to reach out to as many Democrats as possible before the polls close Tuesday. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Kathy Dahlkemper/File photo

Kathy Dahlkemper/File photo

“This is crunch time,” the campaign said in a statement.

Dahlkemper is the favorite against Republican nominee Don Tucci, but Dahlkemper is not taking a win for granted.

Don Tucci/File photo

Don Tucci/File photo

Whether you’re voting for Dahlkemper or Tucci, or candidates in a host of other races, it’s important to vote Tuesday.

Don’t make voter turnout an embarrassment.

– John Guerriero

 

 

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Posted: October 21st, 2013

The race for Erie County executive is getting some statewide attention.

Kathy Dahlkemper/File photo

Kathy Dahlkemper/File photo

PoliticsPA ranks the race between Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper and Republican Don Tucci as the seventh most interesting one (out of 13)  to watch this election season in Pennsylvania.  Here’s some of what the online political site said about the race:

“Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Erie,  is the gem of this northwestern county. Kathy Dahlkemper shook the race up this spring when the former congresswoman upset incumbent County Executive (Barry) Grossman. She faces Don Tucci,  a businessman and tea party activist.”

PoliticsPA also said the race has potential  higher office implications: “Dahlkemper considered a bid for governor in 2014 (but) backed out to run for this. If she wins convincingly, Erie exec is her chance to set up a statewide run or a return national politics.”

 

Don Tucci/File photo

Don Tucci/File photo

Dahlkemper has said she is focused only on the county executive’s race.

– 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: September 5th, 2013

Kathy Dahlkemper, the Democratic nominee for Erie County executive, issued a statement about the notice from GE Transportation about pending layoffs.

Kathy Dahlkemper/File photo

Kathy Dahlkemper/File photo

Up to 500 layoffs are expected, starting Nov. 4.

Dahlkemper will oppose Republican Don Tucci in the Nov. 5 election.

Here is her statement, issued Wednesday evening:

“Despite knowing this day was coming, it is still sad and distressing news. My heart goes out to the employees and their families at this difficult time.

“I look forward to working with GE, the business community and our higher education institutions to ensure these employees can move to the next chapter of their lives as quickly as possible.

“Despite this news,  I believe we can and will be a stronger and more vibrant community moving forward,” she said.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: July 11th, 2013

Kathy Dahlkemper, the Democratic nominee for Erie County executive, is among several former U.S. House members featured in a story in Politico.

Kathy Dahlkemper/file photo

Kathy Dahlkemper/file photo

The article tracks what’s become of some of the more than 50 Democrats who lost their congressional seats in the 2010 election.

Dahlkemper, of Erie, lost to U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., who’s now in his second term.

Dahlkemper, however, is undergoing a political rebirth after defeating incumbent County Executive Barry Grossman in the May 21 municipal primary. She is heavily favored over Republican nominee Don Tucci, a businessman from McKean, in the Nov. 5 general election.

The Politico story said that Dahlkemper settled for “running for a post that hardly smacks of glamour; Erie County executive.”

But Dahlkemper is quoted in the piece as saying she is excited about the opportunity.

“I’m going to have a much greater ability to affect change,” she told Politico.

– John Guerriero

 

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Posted: June 13th, 2013

Erie  County Executive Barry Grossman has denied a rumor that will be seeking a write-in victory to keep his job in the Nov. 5 election.

Barry Grossman/contributed photo

Barry Grossman/contributed photo

Grossman, who lost the Democratic nomination to Kathy Dahlkemper in the May 21 primary, said today that he is not mounting a write-in campaign.

“A couple of people approached me and I told them I wasn’t interested,” he said.

He said they were people who supported his candidacy.

Forget about Grossman trying to switch parties and run as an Independent or third-party candidate.

Pennsylvania has what’s called a “sore loser” law that prevents a loser in the primary from switching parties and running in the general election.

By the way, Independents and third-party candidates have until Aug. 1 to file their nomination petitions.

Dahlkemper, the former congresswoman, will face Republican businessman Don Tucci in the election.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: May 15th, 2013

Kathy Dahlkemper, the Democratic candidate for Erie County executive, has received five endorsements from current or former officeholders.

Kathy Dahlkemper/file photo

Kathy Dahlkemper/file photo

Millcreek Supervisor Brian McGrath, Erie County Council members Phil Fatica and Fiore Leone, former County Councilwoman Joy Greco and Jim McCall, a former Millcreek Democratic Party chairman, are all endorsing Dahlkemper.

She is running against incumbent Barry Grossman for the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary.

In an endorsement that the five signed, they addressed Millcreek Democrats in a letter. “Please join us in supporting Kathy Dahlkemper for county executive. Erie County is at a pivotal point in time. Kathy has the ideas and skills to lead Erie County in the challenging days ahead,” they wrote.

They said that a vote for Dahlkemper is a vote for the county’s future.

The Democratic winner will face the winner of the GOP primary - Don Tucci, Thomas Wesley McGahen or Tom Loftus.

They will square off in the Nov. 5 election.

– John Guerriero

 

 

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