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We're In This Together
Posted on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM


Initiative set to improve Erie County through community campaign

Erie, Penn.— Today, the Committee to Elect Ryan Bizzarro announced the launch of the “We’re In This Together” (W.I.T.T) Initiative to encourage residents throughout the Third District and Erie County to take a more active, grassroots approach to the 2012 Election season.

“We can no longer afford to be political bystanders,” said Bizzarro. “Today, I’m challenging the Erie community to join W.I.T.T., and give themselves a voice at the local, state, and federal levels as strong stakeholders.”

W.I.T.T. will also focus on educating community members about the overall political process. “Part of the problem is how intimidating politics can be at times,” said City Councilman and Bizzarro campaign committee member Bob Merski. “Ryan truly views his campaign as the community’s campaign and firmly believes that equipping people with the necessary tools and information will take out the intimidation factor, ultimately bringing the community together to work across the aisle, across neighborhoods, races, and regions to tackle the most pressing issues.”

W.I.T.T. will also give the community a clearer picture about the responsibilities of a state representative and how community members can work with their representative to enact solutions and have a role in the legislative process.  “I believe part of being a public servant is educating constituents about the process and being available to answer their questions,” said Bizzarro. “This campaign - our campaign - will hopefully be the spark needed to start the serious work--finding solutions to current obstacles and problems so that Erie emerges as a leader of the 21st century.”

To kick off the initiative, volunteers met at the Erie County Democratic Party Headquarters to assemble and distribute yard signs, sign up volunteers, and held one-on-one Q&A sessions about grassroots organizing and volunteer best practices. “It’s important for everyone to know that there are many ways to get involved,” said Bizzarro. “Whether it's hosting a coffee talk with your neighbors, getting your friends involved on social media, or skipping a cup of coffee to donate $5, everyone can make a difference.”

For more information and to find the next W.I.T.T. event, visit



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