Erie County 2019 Election Guide


On November 5th in Erie County, four seats on county council and two seats of PA Superior Court are on the countywide ballot.

Winning those seats could transform the county for years to come! The positions up for grabs can steer Erie’s manufacturing sector into the future, protect local resources, and deliver meaningful criminal justice reform, among other progress.

Every election matters, and we’re urging the Democrats of DelCo not only to vote, but to support our Democratic candidates every day until Election Day. Here’s who you’ll see on the ballot in countywide races this November and how to help them win.

Who’s on the Ballot

Pennsylvania Superior Court

Thousands rely on Pennsylvania courts for a fair shot in the era of mass incarceration, anti-union litigation, and GOP gerrymandering. We must ensure the Superior Court—our state’s second highest circuit—consists of judges who work for the people!

Amanda Green-Hawkins

Amanda Green-Hawkins grew up in a working-class union family. When she began her law career, she had the option to take a job at a high-powered law firm, but she chose to fight for workers instead.

For nearly twenty years, Amanda has defended workers’ rights in court as counsel for United Steelworkers. Now, she wants to fight for women and workers from the other side of the bench.

Dan McCaffery

Judge Dan McCaffery grew up in working-class Philadelphia and has spent all his adult life serving the people.

Currently, Judge McCaffery serves on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in one of the country’s busiest trial divisions. His record is one of sterling integrity and fairness, and he’s the only candidate, in any party, Highly Recommended by the PA Bar Association.

For Retention: Judge Anne Lazarus

A third Superior Court candidate, Judge Anne Lazarus, is eligible for retention on the circuit this November. Democrats should vote “Yes” on Judge Lazarus’ retention vote.

County Council

The Erie County Council consists of seven elected officials who are responsible for the operation of county government. Winning these seats will give us control of a number of key local issues, including economic investment and local environmental protection.

Kim Clear

Optimistic about the future of Erie County, Kim is ready to continue investments in the county in order to enhance the services available to residents.

As a teacher in Millcreek Township and Union Representative, she knows she can continue making a positive difference in her community. 

Mary Rennie

With more than 30 years working for the Erie County Library, Mary is eager to reenter county government to make a difference in her community. She plans on continuing investment in Erie, while ensuring that growth guarantees a sustainable future for all residents.

Ready to collaborate and be energetically engaged, Mary is ready for the challenge of moving Erie forward through a seat on County Council. 

Kyle Foust

With already 16 years of county council experience, Kyle Foust is ready to continue working for the families of Erie.

As a member of County Council, he has committed himself to improving county finances and ensuring the county’s pension funds remain healthy. 

Rita Bishop

Rita has worked as an information technology worker at the Erie County Courthouse for the past nine years, giving her a unique inside view of Erie County government.

She is running for County Council because she wants the west county to have a strong voice in the decisions made in Erie. She understands hard work and has experience with the services that the county provides.

Making a Plan to Vote

Election Day 2019 is Tuesday, November 5th, and polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Make note of these key deadlines so your voice can be heard.

Voter Registration
October 7, 2019

Absentee Ballot Request
October 29, 2019

Absentee Ballot Submittal
November 1, 2019 | 5:00 PM

For any other voting questions or support, please visit the PA Dems Voting Center!

How to Help Dems Win

The PA Democratic Party and the Erie County Democratic Committee are organizing voters across the region in support of Erie Democratic candidates. Your support is invaluable to that mission.

Volunteers are needed to knock doors, make phone calls, and help register voters! We also welcome donations to power our volunteer-led field campaign.