Erie remembered Schember in November. The public responded to Democrat Joe Schembers personal approach to campaigning. Instead of going after media attention and big dollars spent on over-the-top campaigning, this candidate focused on grassroots. Schember could be seen on the streets of Erie, going door-to-door meeting and greeting the people of Erie.
Schember says that his high school years were spent in Saint Mark’s Seminary, where he studied to become a priest. He says "leaving the seminary was the most difficult decision of my life, and it was not made lightly, but it was time." Schember then went to Gannon where he met his wife, Rhonda. "After receiving a Master’s Degree in English at the University of Dayton, I took a job teaching at Elk County Christian in St. Mary’s... When I came back to Erie, I began my banking career as a teller. During the evenings, after my daytime shift, I studied to complete a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Gannon."
He said before the election that "I enjoyed my service to the people of Erie as a City Councilman, and it feels like I have found what I was born to do. So if you’ll have me, I’m ready to be Erie’s next mayor."
Schember promises as Mayor, he will:
- Make tough, long-term decisions (including implementation of strategies in Erie Refocused, Emerge 2040, and the Downtown Partnership Plan) that will make Erie a better community.
- Meet regularly and work closely with neighborhood and civic leaders, planners, business and labor, nonprofits and social services, the media and funders to identify and implement projects that will ensure we realize our vision for the future.
- Meet regularly and work closely with Erie area employers, entrepreneurs and educators to create an environment that attracts more family-sustaining jobs.
- Meet regularly and work closely with the officials of the federal, state, and local governments, but especially with the county and surrounding municipalities. This region is one community. By building synergies, our residents will have a better quality of life at a lower cost.
- Learn from City Hall employees – a valuable source of insight. They have a hands-on knowledge of how to get things done.
- Continue to be active and visible in all segments of the Erie Community.
- Deliver the best possible basic city services (Police, Fire, Public Works, etc.)
- Provide sound day-to-day financial management.
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