Candidate Forum a Success

from NW PA Pride Alliance

On Thursday, April 18, NW PA Pride Alliance held a candidate forum at the Avalon Hotel & Conference Center, 16 W 10th St, Erie PA for candidates for Erie County Executive, Erie County Council (Districts 2, 4 and 6), Erie City Mayor and Erie City Council. Candidates from both major party were invited. WICU TV 12 covered the event as part of their broadcast that night. About 70 people attended overall.

Candidates from covered races attending included both Democratic candidates for Erie County Executive, Kathy Dahlkemper (D) and Barry Grossman (D-Incumbent); All candidates from both parties for County Council District 2, Lisa Austin (D), Joe Giles (D-Incumbent), Renee Vendetti (D), Andre Horton (D), Dave Pamula (D), and Ned Smith (R); County Council District 4 included Jay Breneman (D); and Erie City Council candidates attended included Casimir ‘Caz’ Kwitowski (D), Dave Brennan (D) and Kathy Fatica, who represented Selena King (D).

Also attending were candidate and representatives for races that were not covered, including Erie County Judge Candidates Joe Walsh and Bill Kelly Jr, and Erie School Director candidates Angela Euell-McNair and John Dundon.

Co-sponsoring organizations attending the event included NW PA Pride Alliance, Erie Gay News, Erie Sisters, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, LBT Women, LGBT Erie, Persad Center, PFLAG Erie and Crawford Counties and TransFamily of Erie Support Group.

Many people contributed to the success of the event. We wish to thank NW PA Pride board members Season Crannell and Bob Langley. PFLAG board members Jayne May and Kate Copp, moderator Joshua Atkinson, Persad Center’s Ted Hoover.For more info about NW PA Pride Alliance, browse to, or email Michael Mahler at or call (814) 456-9833.


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