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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 22nd, 2013

The election campaigns are winding down.

And so are the fundraisers. But some remain, including two this week.

Kathy Dahlkemper/File photo

Kathy Dahlkemper/File photo

A fundraising reception will be held for Kathy Dahlkemper, Democratic candidate for county executive, tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Polish Falcons Club, 431 E. Third St. Suggested contribution levels start at $25, according to her campaign committee.

A fundraiser in support of John Loomis, Democratic candidate for Erie County sheriff, is scheduled Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at V.F.W. Post 470, 1808 W. 26th St. Pizza, beer and soft drinks will be served, the campaign committee said.

 

John Loomis/ETN photo

John Loomis/ETN photo

 

Erie City Council candidate Casimir Kwitowski, another Democrat, had a fundraiser Monday night at the Polish Falcons Club.

– 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 27th, 2013

Democratic Erie County executive nominee Kathy Dahlkemper spent less than her May 21 primary opponent, but she said much of her advertising was targeted to specific voters.

Kathy Dahlkemper/file photo

Kathy Dahlkemper/file photo

Erie County Executive Barry Grossman outspent Dahlkemper, but it wasn’t enough for him to keep the seat.

Dahlkemper said that while some of her television advertising was placed during shows for general audiences, she also placed ads during programming geared toward women.

The campaign also sent out mailings to voters that it knew were most likely to vote in off-year primaries, she said.

“Once you know who you’ve got in your corner, you find those voters who are undecided and you target them,” she said.

Barry Grossman/contributed photo

Barry Grossman/contributed photo

“It all comes back to knowing who you need to get to to win,” she said.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: June 19th, 2013

PoliticsPA has compared some Pennsylvania politicians with their Hollywood celebrity look-alikes.

One of the most striking resemblances is between Attorney General Kathleen Kane and actress Lauren Graham.

The one between county executive Democratic nominee Kathy Dahlkemper and “Arrested Development” actress Lucille Bluth. Not so much.

Check out the politicians and their doppelgangers here, courtesy of PoliticsPA.

– John Guerriero

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