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City Council Candidates Unite Around Erie Refocused Plan

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Three Erie City Council candidates are vowing to carry out the city's comprehensive plan.

Democrats Kevin Otteni, John Reitinger, and Liz Allen are running as a slate, united around Erie Refocused.

"I want the city to know that it exists,” said Otteni.  “I want to drive it to completion."

Otteni is a captain in the U.S. Army and a chemist at Lord Corporation.

"I just couldn't stand on the sidelines,” said Otteni.  “I've seen too many plans come and go and now that we have a rock solid plan, I reviewed it, and I just want it to move forward."

Reitinger spent 12 years working for the City of Erie as a code enforcement officer.

"My major issue is blight, because I live it every day,” said Reitinger.  “I look down the street and that’s all I see.

After working 32 years as a reporter, Allen recently retired from the Erie Times News.

“I have three reasons, three things on my platform, which are talking about transparency, innovation, and rebuilding neighborhoods." said Allen.

If elected, the three candidates will do everything in their power to see the city's comprehensive plan through. 

"I think Erie Refocused has to be the keystone of our platform,” said Allen.  “But also making sure we understand it, and making sure that citizens are engaged."

"We all have the same idea, as far as enforcing the comp plan,” said Reitinger.  “We have other ideas that aren't similar, but those issues, if we all get elected, will affect all of city council."

A total of four Erie City Council seats are up for grabs.

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