ERIE, Pa. — The Erie mayoral race increased by another candidate Thursday night.
John Persinger made his announcement as a Republican candidate at the Brewerie at Union Station in front of family, friends and supporters. Persinger, an attorney, touched on the issues of lost jobs, blight and increases in crime in Erie.
He said the 60-year decline of the city can be addressed through his “Get Erie Working Again” plan.
“This is a great city,” Persinger said. “There’s so many wonderful assets. It has been a wonderful place to raise my family. My grandparents, Dr. John and Dorothy DeMarco, when they moved here in 1952 it was a great place. Things are different, things aren’t headed in the right direction, so we need new leadership to get Erie working again.”
His plan includes investing in education, cleaning up the city and fighting for Erie’s future.
Al Zimmer and Jon Whaley previously announced they would seek office on the Republican ticket.
The number of Republicans seeking office is considerably smaller than those who have announced on the Democratic side.
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, former police chief Steve Franklin 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.