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Erie County Council District 5

Erie County is governed by a home rule charter, which outlines the duties and responsibilities of the county government. Erie County government includes a county legislative body known as the County Council. Each council member represents a different geographic district in the county. Here are some of the functions and services provided by Erie County government (this list is not comprehensive): Public Libraries Recycling Program Adult and Juvenile Probation Office Voter Registration: registers voters and oversees elections in Erie County Department of Human services: Provides mental health services, drug and alcohol prevention and treatment programs, and the Office of Children and Youth investigates reports of abuse and neglect Public Safety: operates the 911 call center, and the Emergency Management Agency Health Department: promotes and protects the health, safety and well being of the people and environment in the County Assessment Department: establishes fair value of properties in the county for tax purposes County Prison Veterans Affairs: assists veterans with filing claims Pleasant Ridge Manor: nursing home

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    Kyle Foust
    (Dem)

  • Brian Shank
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

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Telephone 814-218-3407
Education Graduated with a EdD from Duquesne in 2009, Graduated with a MA in Social Sciences from Edinboro University in 2001, Completed Elementary Education certification from Edinboro University in 1993, Graduated in 1989 from Mercyhurst College with a BA in Social Science Education and a minor in Political Science
Employment History Employed full-time as a Career/Academic Advising professional at Mercyhurst University from1995-2018
Qualifications 16 years of service on County Council (2004-Present). Served a chair or vice-chair of County Council, the Board of Elections, Pleasant Ridge Manor Board of Trustees, Council's Finance Committee, and Council's Personnel Committee multiple times.
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Endorsements International Association of Firefighters, AFSCME Council 13, Erie Central Labor Council, Great Lakes Building Trades, Laborers 603 IU PAT, IBEW, Sheet Metal Workers, Local #12, Operating Engineers 66
Municipality Harborcreek
I support all efforts that encourage environmental friendly consumption of food, products, etc. I fully support Erie County's initiatives that have provided meaningful education to our residents so that they can consume things in a sustainable way and recycle products in the most effective manner.
I have enjoyed my time as a County Councilman and I want to continue making a positive impact on my community. Since I've been on Council, we have increased the size of the reserve fund from 6 million to 30 million and have met the increasing mandates from the state, all the while keeping taxes in check. I have supported economic development projects like the bayfront development which is transforming Erie County's image across the country. I have also supported the Public Safety Radio project from the start. Protecting our first responders and ensuring their safety has been and always will be a priority with me.
The primary job of a member of County Council is to be a good steward of the budget. I will work tirelessly to ensure the budget meets the communities priorities throughout the first 100 days and beyond.
I believe that my experience and reputation as someone who is fair, fiscally responsible, and honest is what we need in government these days. Next year there will be at least three new members of Council. It is important that people serving in public office have an understanding of what their offices can do, as well as what they cannot. My past leadership can be of great help to the new members as they acclimate themselves to the job of serving Erie County.

I have not been afraid to speak out on controversial issues and to call out things that are not good policy. The public deserve that kind of accountability from their elected officials.

I have also strongly advocated for quality of life issues since I first ran for office. I have supported the bayfront development which is transforming Erie County’s image to what Governor Wolf calls “Pennsylvania’s Riviera.” I have supported the Human Relations Commission to ensure fairness and equality for all.
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