Incumbents: We'll be back -- except Nancy

With one notable exception -- County Commissioner Nancy McKeen -- incumbents holding elective office in Erie County say they plan to
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

With one notable exception -- County Commissioner Nancy McKeen -- incumbents holding elective office in Erie County say they plan to seek re-election next year.

McKeen said last week 12 years on the Erie County Commission will be enough, but most of the other county elected officials who come before the voters again in 2008 said they want anotherfour-year term in office.

Only Court Clerk Barbara Johnson's plans remained unclear at week's end. She could not be reached for comment despite several telephone calls to her office Thursday and Friday.

Johnson took out petitions Thursday from the election board office, Deputy DirectorJennifer Ferback said. Johnson, aDemocrat, has been in office since 1988 and is in her fifth term.

Here's an office-by-officerundown:

n Commissioner Tom Ferrell, 53, a Democrat, plans to seek re-election to his sixth term. Ferrell serves as chairman of the commissioners.

Ferrell turned aside a challenge in 2004 from Republican JoeHayberger. Hayberger is running next year for McKeen's seat.

No Democrats have announced yet for McKeen's seat, but Democratic officials say they expect an announcement soon. Severalpossible candidates areconsidering a race, said Amy Grubbe, chairwoman of the Erie County Democratic Party.

-- County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter, 50, a Democrat, also wants to stay on. He has been the county prosecutor since January 1989.

-- Sheriff Terry Lyons, 53, already had announced he is seeking another term next year. Lyons is a Democrat. He'll be seeking his third term.

-- County Recorder Barbara Sessler, 52, is seeking her second term. She's a Democrat.

-- Jack Farschman, a Democrat, is seeking his fourth term as the Erie County Engineer.

-- Common Pleas Judge Beverly McGookey, the only judge up for re-election next year, plans to seek another term, she said last week.

-- County Treasurer Jo DeeFantozz, a Democrat, has turned in petitions seeking another term.

-- County Coroner Brian Baxter, 48, a Republican, plans to seek his second term in office.