Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Three Vie to Replace Peduto on City Council

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Three Vie to Replace Peduto on City Council

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Whether successful in his mayoral bid or not, William Peduto will not be the Pittsburgh council person for District 8 in the East End next year. The roughly 33,000 people in a district dominated by Shadyside but including parts of Point Breeze, North Oakland and Squirrel Hill North will have their first new representative on the nine-member body in 12 years.

Life is good in the East End, and three Democrats running for the party's bid May 21 are pursuing positive campaigns with few major differences on policy. All are liberals with ties to the party machinery: Jeanne Clark of Shadyside is the party's chair of the 7th Ward, Dan Gilman of Shadyside has the party committee's endorsement and Sam Hens-Greco of Point Breeze is the 14th Ward Democratic chair.

Ms. Clark, 63, has been communications director for environmental group PennFuture the past 13 years, is former press secretary for the National Organization for Women in Washington, D.C., and has long worked on women's and civil rights issues.

Should she be elected to council, she said, her main issues would be: addressing the "poisonous atmosphere" on council and working to emphasize women's voices in a city that still lags in women executives and board members (District 8 itself has never elected a woman); increasing police skills in responding to domestic violence and illegal guns; promoting diversity in officer hiring; and working to improve the climate and environment.

On police diversity, she said, "We need a force that looks like the city. It's vitally necessary for communities to support police and for the police to be part of the communities."

While both her opponents support the city's ban on natural gas drilling, she does not, saying it is unconstitutional and unenforceable and keeps the city from attracting gas industry jobs.

Mr. Gilman, 30, is chief of staff to Mr. Peduto and has worked for him for eight years since graduating from Carnegie Mellon in 2004. (Mr. Peduto was chief of staff to his council predecessor, Dan Cohen, against whom Ms. Clark ran in the 1989 primary for the District 8 job.) While his boss has had a rocky relationship with the Ravenstahl administration, it has been up to Mr. …

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