Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Republican Candidate Jumps into Council Race in Pittsburgh's East End

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Republican Candidate Jumps into Council Race in Pittsburgh's East End

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A Republican is joining the race for the Pittsburgh City Council seat vacated by Dan Gilman.

Rennick Remley, 35, of Squirrel Hill said Friday that he will challenge Sonja Finn, Martin Healey and Erika Strassburger in the March 6 special election in council District 8. The East End district includes Shadyside and portions of Point Breeze, Squirrel Hill and Oakland.

"At the end of the day, if we can't get snow removed, the streets fixed or have drinkable water, then I think the city government is failing," Mr. Remley said. "And I know my fellow Republicans agree: It's time to bring a new voice to city government."

He plans to detail his campaign platform in the coming weeks, he said. But he previewed a theme of "practical solutions" with "less of an ideological direction and just good, old-fashioned solutions for the citizens."

A corporate relations manager at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Mr. Remley has been a member of the Pittsburgh City Republican Committee since 2012.

He gained public attention in 2014, when he appeared in a full-page advertisement in The New York Times that condemned "Hamas and ISIS for their treatment of the LGBTQ community, and pointing out Israel's more tolerant position," according to a campaign press release. "The ad provoked a firestorm of condemnation by Hamas and other hardliners, condemning Remley for his stand."

GOP committee members in District 8 nominated him Wednesday for the council seat. …

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