Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper announced on Tuesday that she will not be seeking reelection in 2021.
Dahlkemper, first winning election for the office in 2013, is currently serving her second, four-year term.
“It has been my absolute privilege to serve as the County Executive for Erie County for what will be eight years. This has been the most important work of my life, and I will remain active and continue to devote my life to this work until my last day in office,” Dahlkemper said in a release. “There is still a lot to be done, and by announcing this now, I can concentrate fully on helping eradicate this pandemic and other important priorities rather than running a campaign.”
She continued to say that she’s proud of the achievements during her time in office and is exploring other future opportunities as well.
“During my time in county government, my administration has prepared an excellent infrastructure that is poised for the next County Executive. I am very proud of the talent of the people we have brought in, as well as the collaborations we have built with our local partners,” Dahlkemper said. “We have accomplished several groundbreaking achievements in my two terms, and I look forward to the fresh ideas of the next leader in 2022 while I consider other opportunities.”
In 2013, Dahlkemper unseated incumbent Erie County Executive Barry Grossman in the Democratic primary before besting Republican candidate Don Tucci in the general election. Dahlkemper secured a second term as Erie County Executive in 2017 by narrowly defeating Republican challenger Art Oligeri.
Prior to being elected as the Erie County Executive, Dahlkemper served one term in Congress, representing the old 3rd District. She defeated seven-term incumbent GOP Congressman Phil English in 2008 for the seat. Dahlkemper lost her 2010 reelection bid against then-GOP challenger Mike Kelly.
Kathy Dahlkemper has failed miserably to 1) have a plan for COVID vaccination, 2) for keeping us informed about its rollout, 3) for pleading our case to the Commonwealth officials to receive the vaccination.
Early on she made such a point of hosting frequent news conferences – and may I add, doing a bit of grandstanding (particularly with WABTEC). Now we hear nothing from her. Nor do we see her. She has not exhibited the leadership qualities that go hand in hand with the position she holds.
So, yes, it’s time for a change. We need capable leadership. And in this she has failed.
She did an awesome job, and she is so sexy!
Congratulations Kathy on a great two-term run! Please stay engaged! Pennsylvania needs your leadership!
So what are her future ambitions? Guv or US Senate or another run at shitty Mike Kelly?
Even if she decides to relax and spend time with the grandkids, well worth it. She’s done outstanding work for Erie County and NWPA.
I heard she is going to spend her time go making statements about what a turd gulag is.
Time well spent