Corey O'Connor, the 27 year-old son of the late mayor Bob O'Connor, defeated Republican opponent Josh Wander to win his father's old District 5 city council seat. O'Connor received 78 percent of the votes, leaving Wander with only 20 percent.
O'Connor said that it is an honor to be representing his father's district. "It was 20 years to this week that he was elected city councilman in 1991," said O'Connor. "And just to see my family here, our friends, people that were with my dad on his very first campaign — it's just very humbling that we sort of came full circle."
The District 5 race was the only city council contest on Tuesday. Incumbent Doug Shields did not seek reelection.
O'Connor said that in January it will be time to roll up his sleeves and get to work. "I'm looking forward to the task, because you've got to face challenges head on. I'm ready for the job. I've got the training from the congressman, obviously learning for so many years from my father," said O'Connor. "And all of the friends and supporters that we have in the 5th council district will be my eyes and ears in the streets. And all of the Pittsburghers out there, if you see me on the street, please let me know how we can improve this city."
O'Connor said that while he may have his father's shadow over him, he just has to take the knowledge bestowed upon him and be his own person. He said that if he takes bits and pieces of what his father taught him with what he has learned, the 5th District will be well served.