Jenkins-Husband officially announces run for mayor

Merski to make mayoral announcement next Thursday

ERIE, Pa. -- Former Erie City Council member Rubye Jenkins-Husband formally announced her run for Erie mayor at City Hall Thursday morning.

"I'm pleased to announce that I'm a candidate for mayor,” Jenkins-Husband said in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Jenkins-Husband, a Democrat, served on City Council for three terms until 2009. She became the first black woman elected to City Council in 1997.

Jenkins-Husband said she wants to move Erie forward through her leadership, experience and vision. She said her focus is supporting job growth, new and existing businesses and revitalizing neighborhoods.

"Looking back at the accomplishments of different projects that we worked on throughout the city, we were able to do partnerships, collaboration, bringing people together and making things happen,” Jenkins-Husband said.

While on council, Jenkins-Husband was a leader for the Parade Street development initiatives and upgrades to the railroad tracks on Greengarden Boulevard and Downing Avenue.

City councilman Bob Merski officially revealed his plan to run for mayor. Merski's formal announcement is scheduled for next Thursday at 7 p.m. at Calamari's Squid Row, 1317 State St.

Merski was council president in 2016, serving his second four-year term. Merski, who is running as Democrat, also works for the Erie Education Association.

Also expected to announce for mayor is retired PNC Bank wealth adviser Joe Schember.

The former banker served on Erie City Council and is planning to officially announce his mayoral candidacy next Wednesday at the Warner Theatre.
 


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