Meet Jim Wertz

Raised in a working class family, Jim Wertz is a teacher, father, and union leader running for State Senate to take back our democracy and defend our rights.

Jim was raised in a working class neighborhood in Reading, PA. He chose to raise his family in Erie because he sees the potential in our region, but he also understands the struggles facing families in our community.

He was the first member of his family to graduate from college, attending Edinboro University.

A union broadcaster and production manager for local Erie news, Jim Wertz knows what it takes to succeed. He founded his own production company, and he’s a teacher committed to nurturing the next generation of leaders.

Elected Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party in 2018, Jim prioritized reaching voters across the county, including areas often ignored by candidates and campaigns. He also oversaw an increase in voter participation in every election during his time as chair.

A proven winner and problem solver with a deep understanding of local politics and a track record of building successful organizations, Jim knows Erie County and will deliver for us in the State Senate.

I’m running for State Senate because our democracy matters, public education matters, and working families matter. Republicans in Harrisburg have shown they can’t be trusted to fight for our country, our schools, or the rights of workers to earn a living wage. I’ll always stand up for our neighbors in Erie County.