Republicans may have found a candidate to challenge longtime Democratic County Commissioner Tom Ferrell.
Mike Printy, a Perkins Township businessman, said Friday he has begun circulating a petition, seeking to run for the commission as a Republican candidate.
"I wouldn't be doing this if I wasn't planning to run," said Printy, 60, co-owner of Source One, a placement and consulting firm.
Printy said he had concentrated until a few days ago on finding a candidate to run for commission. He decided the job would be up to him.
Printy was chairman of the Perkins Schools' successful levy campaign.
"That was a first-time experience also," he said.
At week's end, partisan races have developed for clerk of courts and for two Erie County commissioners' seats, including Ferrell's seat and the seat being given up by Commissioner Nancy McKeen, who is retiring.
Incumbents who have filed for re-election without facing an opponent so far include County Treasurer Jo Dee Fantozz, County Engineer Jack Farschman, County Recorder Barb Sessler, County Coroner Brian Baxter, County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter, Judge Beverly McGookey and Sheriff Terry Lyons. Brian Baxter is a Republican, but the others are all Democrats.
The deadline for filing nominating petitions is 4 p.m. Friday.
Erie County's election board will meet 4 p.m. Friday to examine the nominating petitions submitted by candidates, said Amy Grubbe, chairwoman of the Erie County Democratic Party.
Democratic voters will deal with a primary in the race for clerk of courts. Barbara Johnson, the longtime incumbent, has filed for re-election but will face a challenger, Bill Kimberlin.
A Democratic candidate, Linda Miller-Moore, and a Republican, Joe Hayberger, are seeking to replace McKeen as an Erie County commissioner. Both candidates are real estate agents and retired schoolteachers.
Margaretta Schools treasurer Jude Hammond, a Republican who is the former Erie County auditor, said this week he also was considering a race against Ferrell.