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Dahlkemper Announces Plans to Run for Second Term

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It is not yet 2017, but election season for next year is already starting to heat up. Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper today announced her candidacy for a second term in office.

During her speech before a roomful of supporters at the Blasco Library, Dahlkemper listed the  accomplishments of her first term. One is the soon-to-be-open Innovation Laboratory at the library. It will help local entrepreneurs do research,  and also give them a space to network with each other.

The lab is part of her plans to create a culture in Erie County that would help businesses, large and small. She also touted a summer jobs program she spearheaded that not only gives young people job experience, but also teaches them life skills.

Dahlkemper says, if she gets a second term, she would like to  move this area forward on a unified front. That means working closely with Erie's new mayor, who will be elected in 2017.

"As soon as I know who the next mayor is of Erie City, I will reach out to he or she and ask them to join me.  Going to Harrisburg together and really bringing that one voice that's really so necessary. Allegheny County is a perfect example of where the mayor  and the county executive, hand in hand, often go to Harrisburg to speak about the needs and concerns of their region. And that would be the best thing we could do is have that one voice," she said.

As of now, no one has stepped forward to challenge Dahlkemper, neither in the primary,  nor the General Election in November.

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