2021 Municipal Primary Election Results

2021 Municipal Primary Election Results

Chris Campanelli

Jessica Hunter

With a small number of mail-in ballots still to be counted, the primary elections are, for the most part, settled. 

It seemed that one of the most significant races would also be the closest, with Dr. Tyler Titus narrowly defeating Carl Anderson by a margin of 208 votes at the time of this writing. If Titus’ lead holds or continues to widen when all votes are counted, they will face off against Republican Brenton Davis for the seat left by current Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper. 

Challenger Dylanna Grasinger garnered 5,590 votes with Rita Bishop receiving 4,213. 

Davis lead opponent Shawn Wroblewski by 1,780 votes, 10,107 to 8,327.

The other big local seat remained unchanged, however, with incumbent Erie Mayor Joe Schember receiving the nomination in a landslide, receiving over 74% of the vote. Challengers Tom Spagel and Sydney Zimmermann received 1,836 votes and 848 votes respectively.

Schember will run unopposed in November. Coincidentally, he received the most amount of write-in votes on the Republican ballot as well, with a grand total of seven write-ins.

For Erie City Council, the incumbent (and regular Erie Reader contributor) Liz Allen walked away with the most votes, sharing her victory with Democrats Jasmine Flores, Maurice Mo Troop, and Chuck Nelson (who edged out Elspeth Kate Koehle by just 33 votes). They will face Republicans Greg Brown and Shawn Lyons in November.

For Erie County Sheriff, Chris Campanelli won out against Anthony SanFilippo for the Democratic nomination by a more than three-to-two margin. Campanelli will face Republican Brian Shank in the general.

Democrat Aubrea Haggerty-Haynes defeated Karla Jeffery by an 853 vote margin for the role of Erie County Clerk of Records, where she’ll see Republican Edward DiMattio Jr. 

The closely-watched race for Millcreek Township Supervisor went to Democrat Kim Clear and Republican Kirk McCaslin. Clear received 3,956 votes to challenger John Morgan’s 2,558. McCaslin received 2,252 to best James Lindstrom’s 1,627. 

With Erie County being a Democrat-leaning area, it’s safe to say that for some of these races can be all but called, as landing a nomination essentially gives Democrats a greater likelihood of victory. Low voter turnout, combined with straight-ticket voting is often enough to clinch spots just outside the spotlight. 

This likely won’t be the case for some races, namely Erie County Executive, with Titus and Davis representing very different sides of the political spectrum. 

Though it of course goes without saying – as we’ve slowly learned – that anything can happen. As each primary victor moves their eyes to the general election on Tuesday, November 2, campaigns will continue to ramp up, rallying for your votes. 

Turnout is paramount in elections like these. Voter turnout sat around 27.6% for Democrats (23,859 voters) and 29.7% for Republicans (19,882 voters). Similar to the 2020 election, Democrats were more likely to use the mail-in ballot option, with more than 7.3% doing so, while only just over 2% of Republicans did the same. 

In all of Pennsylvania, voters chose to vote “Yes” on all four ballot questions. The first two opted to strip the Commonwealth’s governor of emergency powers (like those implemented during the pandemic), with AP reporting that these two questions received a “Yes” response to the tune of 54 to 46 percent. 

For Erie’s full, up-to-date results, go to eriecountypa.gov.

This is a developing story, and the numbers given reflect those at the time of this writing. 


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