Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fetterman Launches Campaign for Senate Braddock Mayor Focuses on Inequality

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fetterman Launches Campaign for Senate Braddock Mayor Focuses on Inequality

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Promising to take Braddock values to Washington, D.C., John Fetterman, Braddock mayor, launched his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.

"Wow... I already feel like I won," Mr. Fetterman said as he surveyed a crowd of supporters gathered for the announcement on the roof of his home, a former auto dealership across the street from U.S. Steel's Mon Valley Works. With the hulking mill and the green south bank of the Monongahela as a backdrop, the candidate said his campaign would be focused on inequality, which he called one of the defining issues of our time. In the Senate, he said, he would work to combat the negative consequences of "the random lottery of birth."

"You can sum up why we have to take on this fight right now in just one word: inequality," he told the crowd. "It's inequality in income; inequality in wealth; inequality in housing; inequality in opportunity; inequality in health care, even inequality in the air we breathe."

Mr. Fetterman joins a field that already includes retired Admiral Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty, the former chief of staff for Gov. Tom Wolf. They are vying for the chance to unseat Sen. Pat Toomey, the Republican incumbent who had formally announced his re-election bid the previous day. Joseph Vodvarka, a former Democratic candidate for Senate and governor, said he too plans to join the Democratic field.

Mr. Fetterman spoke to a festive crowd, ushered up to the roof to the sound of reggae music. Many wore the campaign's black and white T-shirts, emblazoned with the slogan, "Build It Back Up."

In the parking lot below was a taco truck.

"I do not look like a typical politician," said the mayor, with the physique of a nose tackle. "I don't even look like a normal person."

Mr. Fetterman, 46, opened his bid for Washington office with a recitation of the events that brought him to Braddock and public office. …

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