Kathy Dahlkemper retains County Executive title

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After some speculation from her opposition, Dahlkemper retains her title as Erie County Executive.  

The Democrat jumping on the defense this election year against her opposition, Republican Art Oligeri.  Her campaign focused on her plan for the future and her qualifications.  

According to her bio, “Kathy Dahlkemper has served as Erie County Executive since January 2014.
After completing her B.S. in Dietetics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Kathy worked as a registered dietitian while raising five children with her husband, Dan. In 1998 Kathy and Dan Dahlkemper co-founded the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF), renovating a multi-use urban green space in Erie. Kathy served as the Executive Director of LEAF until 2008, while also assisting Dan in running their family business, Dahlkemper Landscape Architects & Contractors.
Elected to represent northwestern Pennsylvania, Kathy served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2009-2011. She was the first women to hold this position and dedicated much of her time since leaving office to efforts encouraging women to pursue public service.

Kathy has completed the Executive Education program “Women and Power: Leadership in a New World” at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, she was a faculty member for The 2012 Project at Rutgers University, which aimed to elect more women to public office. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Pennsylvanian Center for Women & Politics.

While maintaining a busy schedule during her first term as Erie County Executive, Kathy believes in the importance of family, takes time to enjoy time with her five children and seven grandchildren. Always one to take advantage of Erie County’s natural resources regardless of the season, Kathy enjoys skiing, hiking, biking and spending time on the shores of Lake Erie.”

She says during her next term she will continue to support implementation of the Emerge 2040 plan…  Kathy will take a leading role in ensuring access to broadband internet services to empower Erie County’s residents and businesses.  In the coming months, Erie County will see the completion of the Next Generation Radio Project, improving communication and making safety a priority.  Kathy will continue to implement the recommendations in the NACO Prescription for Action Report in the ongoing fight against the scourge of opioid addiction in our communities.”

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