By Erin Passinger

Erie County Councilman Dave Mitchell announced in February he would retire from his 6th District seat, but is now considering a write-in campaign for the Nov. 3 municipal election.

The Corry resident says it has been a challenging decision, but feels his experience is needed in the county now more than ever.

“This is a big decision for me,” said Mitchell, a Republican. “No one likes to say one thing and come back and do something else, but I do have the experience to help keep stability in the county.”

Mitchell, who was has represented much of eastern Erie County since 1996, was not on the ballot in the May primary.

But after seeing the results of the spring vote — which also included the race for a new county executive — Mitchell began to consider a write-in campaign.

“When I decided to retire in February, it looked pretty good that (County Executive Mark) DiVecchio would carry on and that was important. He’s got a lot of good people and has been around the government for 12 years. But, that all changed.”

DiVecchio lost the May primary to fellow Democrat Barry Grossman and will leave office in January.

Grossman will be running against the Republican nominee, Mike Kerner, in November.

Whoever the new county executive will be, that individual will work closely with Erie County Council to keep the community moving forward.

See the Journal's Thursday, September 10th edition for full story.

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