ERIE, Pa. — Erie City Councilman Bob Merski joined a growing list of candidates to announce a run for Erie’s next mayor.
The five-year city councilman said Erie needs a leader moving forward during his formal campaign announce Thursday night at Calamari’s Squid Row in downtown Erie.
“We need government innovation,” Merski said. “We need to reclaim our neighborhoods and we need to work with our businesses to create jobs in our community.”
The former City Council president said he has the right experience for the job.
“I’ve been doing all that on council,” Merski said. “I want to take it to the next level as mayor.”
Merski is the sixth person to announce a run for mayor on the Democratic side. 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.
Al Zimmer, 73, a retired security guard, is the only Republican to announce a run for mayor. However, attorney John Persinger said that he will likely run on the Republican ticket. He has yet to officially announce his bid.
Mayor Joe Sinnott is unable to run again because of the city’s three-term limit. Sinnott was elected mayor in 2005.