Attorney John Persinger to run for Erie mayor

ERIE, Pa. -- Attorney John Persinger announced he will run for Erie mayor, becoming the third Republican to seek office.

Persinger, who is an associate of MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP in Erie, confirmed that he plans to make his official announcement at the Brewerie Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Persinger, who is a Harvard University and Notre Dame Law School graduate, is married with three children. He has never run for public office before.

Al Zimmer and Jon Whaley previously announced they would seek office on the Republican ticket.

The number of Republicans seeking office is considerably smaller than those who have announced on the Democratic side.

City councilman Bob Merski, County Council president Jay Breneman, Edinboro professor Lisa Austin, Erie Playhouse executive director Almi Clerkin, former City councilwoman Rubye Jenkins-Husband, former police chief Steve Franklin and retired PNC Bank adviser Joe Schember have announced to run on the Democratic ticket for mayor.

Mayor Joe Sinnott is unable to run again because of the city's three-term limit. Sinnott was elected mayor in 2005. 


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