Today, life-long Erie County Resident Kimberly Thayer Clear announced her candidacy for the District 1 Seat on Erie County Council.
In announcing her candidacy Mrs. Clear, 43, said taking her public service career to a new level has been a personal goal, and finds that this is the right position and now is the right time for her to take this step.
“I am proud to be raising my family in Millcreek, and I’m optimistic about the future of Erie County,” Mrs. Clear said. “Exciting and impressive investments are being made throughout the region, and of course in the Millcreek district I hope to represent. It will be critical that we leverage these investments and accompanying growth so that we can expand and enhance the services that are available to residents.”
Mrs. Clear has been an English teacher in the Millcreek Township School District for 15 years, but considers herself, “an inspirer of young minds to realize their full potential.” In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she has served as liaison representative between teachers and administrators; promoted and implemented student affirmative behavior strategies in the PAR (PRESENT, ACCOUNTABLE, and RESPECTFUL) program through fundraising efforts designed to promote a positive school environment; oversees the Gay-Straight Alliance Club at McDowell Senior High School; and coordinates a bi-annual voter registration at McDowell Senior High School.
She has also served as a Union Representative for 13 years for the Millcreek Education Association. Mrs. Clear is a proud Golden Apple Award Winner and was honored to be bestowed Golden Apple Teacher of the Year in 2014. She is co-founder of Erie Event Planning, a local small business.
Mrs. Clear is perhaps most proud of her fundraising efforts that have raised money and awareness for many charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Caring Place, The Humane Society, and the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society as well as her own Presents for Patients efforts which collects and delivers toys to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh every year.
“My lifetime of personal and professional experiences and my enthusiasm for making a positive difference in our community make me a qualified candidate for this position,” Mrs. Clear said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity help make Millcreek and Erie County an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”
Mrs. Clear and her husband Tom have two daughters, Audra and Avery.