Erie, PA – Dr. Titus Tyler, Erie School Board President, narrowly won the Democratic primary for Erie County Executive in a four-way race. Titus, the first openly transgender person ever to be elected in Pennsylvania history, said in a statement: “This victory belongs to the people of Erie County who know we need new leadership to build a prosperous future for all of us. From investing in our schools and infrastructure to expanding broadband access and creating good-paying jobs across the county, it’s time to unite and deliver results for families across Erie County.”

As school board president, a working parent of two children who manages a non-profit, and as a small business owner running a private practice as a licensed counselor since 2015, Titus has a multidisciplinary view of life. They see equity and the need for equality. “Striving for equity has been the driving force of my career, and is the core of our campaign.

It comes as no surprise that the Erie native described their part of the world as not exactly an “LGBTQ haven.” But over the course of the shutdown Titus has come out as non-binary, a place they feel is “most like home . . . In a moment that can feel hopeless, I know how powerful it would be for trans youth to see me as county executive: to be able to look at me and feel hope — for themselves, and that a better world is possible. And I believe that — despite the perceptions or assumptions — Erie County is ready. This campaign will prove that if you speak directly to the values of the voters — and you fight for them fearlessly — LGBTQ candidates can win anywhere.” (Philadelphia Gay News – Victoria A. Brownworth – at https://epgn.com/2021/05/19/2021-primary-election-results/ and Sebastian Fortino at https://epgn.com/2021/04/13/dr-tyler-titus-making-lgbtq-history-in-erie-county-and-pennsylvania/)

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