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County Executive Prepares for Term Limit Petition Drive

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Erie County Executive Barry Grossman's effort to establish term limits for several Erie County officials continues.

On Monday evening, Grossman met with his Term Limit Referendum study panel, to discuss how they will run their petition drive.

The county executive is hoping place a three term limit on his office, as well as all seven county council positions.  Grossman wants it to be a question on the November election ballot.

According to Grossman, his group can't begin circulating petitions until June 18.  By August 6, they have to collect over 8,500 signatures to have the question successfully placed on the ballot.

Grossman says the term limits are necessary to help Erie County government move forward.

"We see this happening in city council," said Grossman.  "We see it happening in Harrisburg.  It allows the turnover of ideas, it brings a fusion of energy.  We need that in county government.  And I think that 12 years is long enough for anybody to put their stamp on the community.  After that, turn it over to somebody else."

Meanwhile, Kathy Dahlkemper--his opponent in the upcoming May primary-- is currently out of town.  We spoke to her over the phone.  Dahlkemper tells us that she is in favor of term limits and that she believes it's important to bring new people into office, with a fresh perspective.

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