ERIE, Pa. — Petitions are circling for elected offices and five Republican candidates running for county executive are seeking your support.
Currently, there are five Republican candidates running for county executive and only incumbent Kathy Dahlkemper running as a Democrat.
On Wednesday, each of those Republican candidates petitioned for the support of the Republican party.
The Erie County Republican Women invited all five Republican candidates to a luncheon to share with them why they believe they should be the next county executive. Giving the chance for members to sign candidate petitions.
For County Councilman Ed DiMattio, he wants to increase collaboration between municipalities.
“There is a true lack of cooperation and collaboration and I know a lot of people seem to think that is what they are going to do,” DiMattio said. “But I think some of these bridges that I have built with some different groups and some different leaders, I think that will help fix some of the problems we have.”
Retired corrections officer Tom Loftus wants to tackle gun violence in the city.
“There are situations in the gun violence in the city of Erie that we could be doing as a county to help the city of Erie,” Loftus said.
Businessman Art Oligeri believes the county needs a businessman in office.
“We need someone with a business background not only to run the management side but to market our community,” Oligeri said.
Veteran and local business owner Brent Davis said he wants to represent the working people.
“I am here to be the working voice for the working man and for far too long we have had leadership that is out of touch.” Davis said. “They don’t know the average struggles of the average people.”
City worker Tim Sonney wants to focus on bringing back manufacturing jobs to the area.
“Due to the lack of new manufacturing jobs in Erie that is why all you see is jobs leaving,” Sonney said. “Everything has been closing and nothing news has been coming into Erie “
All of these candidates have until March 7 to circulate their petitions to gain signatures.