ERIE, Pa. — A former Erie police chief announced he will seek to become Erie’s next mayor.
Steve Franklin, who retired as Erie police chief in 2013, confirmed on Tuesday that he will run as a Democrat for next year’s mayoral election.
Franklin, who was with the Erie Police Department for 33 years, said his priorities if elected will be to restore confidence in government and a zero-tolerance for crime.
A formal announcement is planned for Wednesday evening.
Franklin becomes the seventh Democrat to announce a run for mayor.
City councilman Bob Merski, County Council president Jay Breneman, Edinboro professor Lisa Austin, Erie Playhouse executive director Almi Clerkin, former City councilwoman Rubye Jenkins-Husband and retired PNC Bank adviser Joe Schember have announced to run on the Democratic ticket for mayor.
Mayor Joe Sinnott is unable to run again because of the city’s three-term limit. Sinnott was elected mayor in 2005.