Erie resident Mary Rennie launched her campaign for the Democratic nomination for Erie County Council’s 3rd District on Monday with an announcement and rally at Erie County Democratic headquarters.
Rennie, 60, dedicated her career to public service, spending more than 30 years working for the Erie County Public Library, starting her career as a library clerk and working her way up to library director.
Rennie, who retired from the library in 2017, spearheaded the transformational Blasco Master Plan, including the design of the Blasco Library Idea Lab, digital media studio and Teen Space. She also expanded programs and collections and extended hours during her tenure as director. Rennie launched her campaign, in part, to bring the same spirit of public service and innovative thinking to Erie County Council and, by extension, to the Erie community.
“We are at a critical juncture in Erie County. Unprecedented investment and initiatives are both compelling and encouraging, but we must ensure that this growth guarantees a sustainable future for all residents of Erie County,” Rennie said. “We need elected officials to be optimistic, energetic and actively engaged, rolling up their sleeves as they collaborate, maximize resources and connect people to opportunities. That is what I bring to the table, and that is what I am eager to offer as a member of Erie County Council.”
Rennie lists her priorities as bolstering community and economic development that supports family-sustaining jobs, attracts younger generations and relieves citizens, particularly seniors, of unjust tax burdens.
Rennie is the recipient of Disrupt Erie Awards’ 2017 Social Impact Entrepreneur honor. She and her husband, Bob, have five children and one granddaughter.
About Mary Rennie
• Age: 60
• Hometown: Erie
• Education: Master of Library Science, Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Bachelor of Arts, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
• Career highlights: Erie County Public Library director, 2013-2017; head of branch libraries, 2008-2013; Blasco Library Coordinator, 1996-2008. During time at Erie County Public Library, spearheaded design of Blasco Library Master Plan, including Idea Lab, Digital Media Studio and Teen Space; expanded collections and programs; served as project manager for design and construction of Edinboro Branch Library and Lincoln Community Center Library, for relocation of Millcreek Branch Library, for current Bookmobile, and for expansion of Blasco Children’s Library.
• Awards: Disrupt Erie Awards, 2017 Social Impact Entrepreneur of the Year for work on Blasco’s Idea Lab.
• Family: Husband, Bob. Five children — Katie, Brett, Craig, Emmett and Morgan. One granddaughter, Annabelle.