Sonya Arrington Not Seeking Another Term; Erie City, County Council Races Draw Interest
The races for Erie County Court of Common Pleas Judge, Erie City and County Councils and Harborcreek Township are drawing a lot of interest from candidates for the 2019 primary election, but an Erie City Councilwoman who faces federal charges has not filed to seek another term.
Anyone looking to run for an open seat or seek re-election had to file their petitions by the 4:30 p.m. Tuesday deadline.
Current Erie City Councilwoman Sonya Arrington did not submit a petition before the deadline. She was indicted on federal wire fraud charges in spring 2018 for stealing $70,000 from the non-profit she founded - Mothers Against Teen Violence (MATV) - and Social Security fraud.
All five candidates for Erie County Court of Common Pleas Judge have cross-filed.
One candidate has filed petitions to run for for two elected positions; Kyle Foust has filed to run for the fifth district seat on Erie County Council and Erie County Controller.
At least three candidates have filed petitions for each of the four open seats on Erie County Council.
Twelve hopefuls, including one Republican and incumbent Mel Witherspoon, are seeking election to Erie City Council.
Former Erie County Democratic Party chairman Bill Cole is looking to fill the seat that will be left vacant by District Judge Paul Urbaniak's retirement.
Five Democrats and two Republicans are seeking their party's nomination for Harborcreek Township Supervisor Joe Peck's position.
Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri and Coroner Lyell Cook each run unopposed.
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