Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Two Challengers to Peduto Emerge

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Two Challengers to Peduto Emerge

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto won the Democratic primary convincingly in May, but he may face opponents in November.

Two candidates for mayor not affiliated with the major parties filed election petitions to appear on the Nov. 7 ballot.

One, Khalid Raheem, is a longtime local activist with the National Council for Urban Peace and Justice. He is credited with helping negotiate a truce among gang leaders in the 1990s, and has been a strident voice on police accountability.

Mr. Raheem, of Manchester, is running as a candidate for the New Afrikan Independence Party, which he founded. He challenged Denise Ranalli-Russell for Allegheny County Council's District 13 seat in 2015, but lost by an 87 percent to 12 percent margin.

In an interview this week, Mr. …

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