One week from today, 4 candidates will battle it out at the polls to see who will face republican candidate Janet Anderson in the fall.
The winner in November will take over the seat held by Jane Earll for the past 16 years.
Tonight, our profile focuses on Sean Wiley.
Sean Wiley grew up running around the Erie County Courthouse where his grandfather served as the first clerk of records.
After working in construction , Wiley found himself right back in that same courthouse as the Director of Administration. Nowadays, you can find Wiley working in health care as the Director of Foundation at Saint Vincent Health System.
And now he wants to be your state Senator.
"My background is such, it gives me the experience in the private sector. It also gives me the experience in government, understanding the system, but it also gives me the experience in health care," said Wiley.
Wiley, having been born and raised in Erie County says there are 3 main reasons he's running for this office.
"One is 6, one is 10 and one is 12. I want to make sure we have a strong education, that they receive a strong education. I want to make sure they live in a very safe place and continue to live in a safe place, but I also want to make sure that as they get older, T want them to have the opportunities if they choose to get a good job here and to stay here."
But Wiley knows the biggest issue the 49th district faces is job creation.
He says, "we need to really invigorate our economy and there's ways we can do that. There's ways to get the private/public partnerships that really make a difference in the community."
Wiley believes a large part of creating jobs is attracting new businesses to the area, but also, retaining the businesses we do have. And Wiley says there are certain ingredients to making that happen.
"The building blocks for any community that's in need of economic stimulus are a strong public safety system, a strong education system and a strong viable workforce."
He knows it won't be easy, but notes that a collaborative effort in Harrisburg is needed if there's going to be any change here at home.
"I'm confident we can work with the other legislators and other elected officials in this community to really add that level of leadership to make the changes that need to be made here in Erie," added Wiley.
Wednesday night, our profiles continue with a look at state Senate candidate Brian Pitzer.