Thursday, December 18, 2014

Former Erie U.S. rep passes on governor's race

Former U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D.,Pa.) says she will run for county executive in her native Erie instead of governor.

Former Erie U.S. rep passes on governor's race

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Former U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper is not going to join the rush-hour traffic of Democrats exploring campaigns for governor of Pennsylvania, and instead will run for Erie County Executive.

She issued a statement to the Erie Reader Monday night confirming her plans; the development also was reported by the website PoliticsPa.

“I would like to confirm and clarify my plans. I intend to run for Erie County Executive this year,” Dahlkemper wrote to the weekly newspaper. “I have spent recent months pursuing various options, including a run for [Pennsylvania] Governor. I have decided that serving the people of northwest Pennsylvania as county executive affords me the greatest opportunity to help advance the region I love so much.”

Dahlkemper, 55, was elected to the House in 2008, upsetting seven-term GOP Rep. Phil English. She joined the Blue Dog Coalition, an organization of moderate Democrats in the House, and was defeated in the 2010 midterms, a “wave” year for Republicans, by car dealer Mike Kelly of Butler County. Dahlkemper's votes in favor of Obamacare made her vulnerable.

Kelly was reelected easily to a second term last November.

 Former state environmental secretary John Hanger has declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination. Others expressing interest in the race include: U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Jenkintown, Montgomery County, state Treasurer Rob McCord (also a Montco resident), businessman and former state revenue secretary Tom Wolf, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Tom Knox, the millionaire insurance executive who finished second in the 2007 Philadelphia mayoral primary.

Thomas Fitzgerald Inquirer Politics Writer
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