Nearly a hundred people came out to Wayne Park Friday afternoon to hear Jay Breneman announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination of Erie Mayor in 2017.

Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott has been serving the city since 2005 and will not be running again because of the city's three term limit. 

Breneman, a veteran of the Iraq War has devoted his life since the army to social work. 

He addressed his top priorities he would have as mayor which include, stabilizing the schools, making the neighborhoods safe and strengthening the economy. 

He also said that people aren't looking for a reason to leave the city but looking for a reason to stay, and he will provide them those reasons. 

"First and foremost, I bring a different approach to doing government. I don't believe in building walls, I believe in creating opportunities for people to collaborate and I believe in taking the ideas of the citizens of Erie and putting them to work," said Breneman.

Breneman is the first to publicly announce his candidacy for mayor. The Democratic Primary will be held on May 16th.