Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Primary 2017 a Recap of Endorsements in Tuesday's Election

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Primary 2017 a Recap of Endorsements in Tuesday's Election

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Mayor of Pittsburgh

Mayor Bill Peduto deserves the nomination for a second term. Falsely pegged by critics as a "dreamer" with only bicycles lanes to tout, he has in fact presided over a cultural change in city hall, modernizing government and preparing Pittsburgh for a promising future. As a city councilman for over a decade, he appreciates the nuts and bolts of constituent service, but he's also a skilled diplomat and representative for Pittsburgh on the national and international stage. We expect that his Democratic opponents, Councilwoman Darlene Harris and the Rev. John C. Welch, will continue to provide watchdog roles - an important task in city with a one-party system.

City Council

With Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak choosing not to stand again, District 4 voters fortunately have two strong candidates on the ballot. We picked Anthony Coghill over Ashleigh Deemer, Ms. Rudiak's chief of staff. Ms. Deemer demonstrates competence and a firm grasp of the issues; let's hope the 34-year-old stays involved in public affairs. Mr. Coghill, a roofing contractor, is running on a "Back to Basics" platform that conjures memories of the late can-do Mayor Bob O'Connor. He's not a political outsider, however, having run for the seat three times previously and serving as the 19th Ward chairman.

Pittsburgh School Board

The city schools will be well served if District 3 voters elect Sala Udin. The former city councilman and longtime Hill District activist, 74, has a track record of integrity and passion, winning credibility with citizens and city power brokers alike. His opponent, James Myers Jr., 37, is a bright voice we would like to hear more from. In District 5, incumbent Terry Kennedy has a long record of involvement in the schools as a parent before joining the board and has proved a willingness to take difficult positions. …

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