Three seats on County Council were in play this election year. The seats for the first, fourth and sixth districts were all on the ballot.
Democratic Councilwoman Kathy Fatica, representing district one, faced Republican Challenger Robert Yates. Looking at the numbers, we can see Fatica taking 58% of the vote to Yates’ 42%. The seat representing district four came into play when current Councilman Jay Breneman decided to run for Erie Mayor during the May primaries. Friends and family members celebrating Carl Anderson’s victory at the Trinity Club, in the heart of the fourth district.
Anderson took time to thank all of the people who made his journey worthwhile. “I’m very grateful to the voters of the fourth county council district. All of the people who have showed support to me and have supported my campaign over the years this is a great victory tonight.” With 100% of the votes counted, Anderson won the race with 67% of the votes to Paul Hirsch’s 33%.
Finally, to the sixth district, where the spot is currently held by Ed Dimattio Junior, who opted to run for Erie County Executive in May. Republican Scott Rastetter collected 54% of the votes to Mary Jo Campbell’s 46%.
And, there’s a change coming to Erie City council with two new faces. Five candidates were on the ballot for four open seats. Incumbents Cas Kwitowski and Jim Winarski will return to the council, but the two newcomers are former Erie Times News Reporter and Editor Liz Allen and Teacher Kathleen Schaaf.
The future of Erie’s public schools is more clear now that funding has arrived from Harrisburg, but the district still has plenty of work to do. That certainly was on the minds of voters when they stepped into the voting booth. Five candidates were on the ballot for four positions.
Thomas Spaegel and Darlene Feeney claimed seats on the board. Angela Euell-McNair and Tyler Titus claimed the remaining two seats.
Millcreek voters were also deciding who would sit on their School Board. Five candidates were on the ballot. For the four year term, John Diplacido, Gary Winschel, and Donna Reese all cross-filed in the election. Lisa Cappabianca filed as a Democrat in the election. She takes the final spot on the board. Mike Kobylka, the only candidate to file as a Republican, will not return to the board.