Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Dem Leader Makes an Undemocratic Move

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Dem Leader Makes an Undemocratic Move

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Adding insult to the already painful injury of Allegheny County Councilwoman Barbara Daly Danko's untimely death, Allegheny County Democratic Chairwoman Nancy Patton Mills is engaged in a singularly undemocratic move to essentially disenfranchise Council District 11 Democratic committee members ("County Council Democrats Choose Nominee to Fill Term," June 2).

Taking advantage of ambiguous Allegheny County Democratic Committee by-laws, Ms. Mills seeks to allow just 24 people - the ward and municipal chairs, vice chairs and secretaries - to choose the candidate who will replace Barbara on the ballot in November.

As a Democratic committeewoman in Allegheny County Council District 11 and someone who personally urged scores of voters to cast their vote for Barbara, I am deeply dismayed and outraged by this proposal.

I stand behind Sam Hens-Greco, chairman of the 14th Ward, and Pennsylvania Democratic Chair and former Allegheny County Democratic Chair James Burn in their interpretation of the ACDC bylaws that all 223 Democratic committee members should vote on the Democratic nominee for District 11.

Without fair, open and transparent processes, the Democratic Party's very name is laughable. To take this vote away from the party's grass roots - the Democratic committeemen and women of Barbara's district - would dishonor her memory and dishonor us.


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Open Streets kudos

We would like to comment on the recent Open Streets event and letters criticizing the event.

Thank you, Open Streets Pittsburgh and enthusiastic volunteers! This was one of the most enjoyable days our family has had since moving to Pittsburgh several years ago. We saw people of all ages on bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, strollers, wheelchairs and walkers. Kudos to Pittsburgh for embracing positive change.

We live in an area adjacent to Open Streets, and for all the complaints of slowed business, we observed stores and restaurants with lines out the door and people waiting to get inside. Like it or not, Pittsburgh in its ongoing revitalization is competing - nationally and globally - for top talent. Highly skilled and educated workers are attracted to cities with non-automobile means of transportation, activities for healthy lifestyles, public spaces that are easy to navigate on foot and green infrastructure. …

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