Dave Mitchell of Corry said he is committed to the area in the 6th District that he has served as Erie County councilman for the past 13 years.
That commitment played a role in Mitchell’s decision to seek another term on County Council as a write-in candidate during the Nov. 3 general election.
“I am very committed to this area, and when I was asked to do a write-in campaign, that commitment was there,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell, 66, of Corry, is a Republican. He had announced in February he would not seek another four-year term as the 6th District representative on County Council, but said things have changed.
Because his name was not on the ballot in the May primary, Mitchell will try to keep his seat on County Council through a write-in campaign.
When he decided in February to retire from County Council, it appeared incumbent County Executive Mark DiVecchio would be re-elected. But DiVecchio lost in the primary to fellow Democrat Barry Grossman. Grossman will run against Mike Kerner, who won the Republican nomination in May, in the Nov. 3 election.
Mitchell said the new county executive will need to have an experienced people to work with him.
“We are going to have a new county executive who is going to need council to work with him,” Mitchell said. “As a veteran councilman for southeastern Erie County, I can bring the new administration issues that need support in our district.”
The 6th District includes the city of Corry; the boroughs of Union City, Elgin, Wattsburg, Waterford and Edinboro; and the townships of Wayne, Concord, Union, Amity, Venango, LeBoeuf, Washington, Waterford, and Greenfield.
Four candidates are on the November ballot for the 6th District seat: Democrat Gerald Price, 53, of Corry; Republican Ebert Beeman, 60, of Waterford Township; Independent Steven Porter, 66, of Wattsburg; and Green Party candidate Bert Taylor, 58, of Union City.
Mitchell said the four candidates running for his seat do not have any local government experience or elected experience.
“I would like to stress the positive — the experience I can bring,” Mitchell said. “The people can judge my record.”
Mitchell said the lack of experience of the four candidates, and a county executive without any experience prompted local leaders to ask him to reconsider his decision to retire and run again.
Mitchel said his continuous service on County Council will enable him to continue to support programs he’s supported in the past.
“I can continue to support the libraries, human service needs and our economic development needs with the new administration,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell has sat on County Council since 1996, when he was appointed to fill the expired term of Barbara Mack. Mitchell then was elected to three full terms.
Mitchell is retired from the Corry Area School District, where he was employed as a librarian. He is a former mayor of Corry. He was appointed by four state governors to the State Library Commission and by Gov. Rendell to the Aging and Long-term Care Commission. He believes his ties to Harrisburg will enable him to bring money back to Erie County’s 6th District.
“I’ve become a very strong advocate in the area,” Mitchell said. “The Union City Family Support Center is one thing I’m proud of, along with my support for the funding to build new libraries in Union City, Corry, and Edinboro.”
Mitchell said he fought for and got two new district judge’s offices, one in Corry and one in Union City.
Mitchell believes his experience will also help with the current economic downturn and the coming county budget struggles.
“I am ready to fight for the citizens of the 6th District by continuing to bring our fair share of services back to the district,” Mitchell said. “Now, more than ever, I see the need for an experienced elected official to help guide Erie County through the toughest budget we have ever faced. I hope people of the 6th District will judge me on my proven record and let me have the honor of serving them during the next four years.”