It wasn’t the best week for pretty much anyone who reads Daily Kos. The national results were in, and the unthinkable had happened in terms of who would be heading to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue come January 20. The residents of the deeply blue City of Erie were in no different a space, as their solid vote for Hillary Clinton — she won all 69 voting districts in the City of Erie — was not enough to keep the suburbs and small towns and rural areas from pushing the county into the red column for the first time since 1984, and the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania into the red column for the first time since 1988. The deeply blue City of Erie was experiencing a different kind of being deeply blue that week.
Enter Jay Breneman. Conventional wisdom wouldn’t have said this was the best week to launch a campaign to be the next Mayor of Erie. But conventional wisdom has not really been successful in charting this journey. He told the Erie Times, "People are incredibly concerned about the future of our city and of our community. Probably now more than ever. I've already demonstrated an approach to doing things differently, and I want people to know they will have a voice in the future of Erie." And so it was, on November 11, 2016, a whole lot of Erie folks who were feeling really trumped gathered at Wayne Park in Erie’s Historic East Bayfront neighborhood to hear a different message. Jay Breneman announced his candidacy for Mayor of the City of Erie.