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The Erie Philharmonic has been making music and entertaining local audiences for the past 104 years. Top quality, highly trained musicians every year performing a mix of symphonic and pops concerts. 


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Erie County, which had been primarily Democratic for several decades, voted for Donald Trump in 2016. We talked with a local political analyst to find out what the future may hold for local candidates from both parties and where their allegiances may lie. 


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Democrat Joe Schember has knocked on nearly 2,000 doors since the race for mayor of Erie began this spring. He calls this grassroots effort a top strategy for winning over voters. Meanwhile, his Republican opponent, John Persinger, is using a different strategy while also courting younger voters.


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Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper’s political opponent, Republican Art Oligeri, is again questioning her transparency after the Erie County Controller said a bid placed for the Up for the Job» program violates the county’s purchasing code. The request for proposal, or RFPm is for $102,000, only $50,000 of which the county would pay, Dahlkemper told Council at a Sept. 7 meeting. But records show it was originally submitted at $36,000 bid to Ten 53 Newton, LLC. &q…
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Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott says he will not respond to a request by Republican mayoral candidate John Persinger, to apply for a potentially $5 Million dollar grant.

The Republican candidate for Erie mayor wants current Mayor Joe Sinnott to accept a challenge. John Persinger sent a letter to the mayor asking him to consider applying for the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2017 Mayor’s Challenge.


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John Persinger is taking his campaign on the road, whether it’s at community events or just in the community. The 36-year-old lawyer and Republican running for Erie mayor has converted a 32-feet-long recreational vehicle into a mobile campaign headquarters, what he calls the «first of its kind» in Erie County.


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If you can believe it, it was almost two months ago Erie’s race for Mayor was narrowed down to just Democratic candidate Joe Schember and Republican John Persinger.  While the excitement that lead up to the primary settled, the two candidates haven’t slowed down. 


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Democrat Joe Schember and Republican John Persinger will face off in the race for Mayor of Erie in the general election. For a republican in Erie the odds are long. Each candidate won his party primary decisively. But in mayoral general elections, you have to go back more than 50 years to find a republican on the wall of mayors at city hall. 


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2017 Municipal General Election

Tuesday, November 7th
Polls open at 7 a.m., close at 8 p.m.

Complete, live coverage and results the same night on Erie News Now at 10 and 11