Mayoral race

Pittsburgh Mayoral Race
1:51 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Republican Mayoral Candidate Campaigns from Abroad

On Wednesday, Republican mayoral candidate Josh Wander defends his absence from Pittsburgh on Twitter.
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Republican mayoral candidate Josh Wander says Pittsburgh needs someone to come from the outside to fix the problems the city faces.

“We need somebody from the outside that’s going to come in and is going to transform the system there,” Wander said. “Somebody who’s been in politics for a decade is not the right person to do that. Somebody who’s a part of the party that’s been in power for almost a century is not the person to do that.”

Wander, 42, comes from way outside that system. In fact, he’s currently not even in Pittsburgh.

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Government & Politics
4:45 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

In First Meeting Since February, Peduto and Ravenstahl Discuss Mayoral Challenges

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl met with his likely successor, City Councilman Bill Peduto, Monday for the first time since February.

Peduto was optimistic before entering the mayor’s corner office on the fifth floor of City Hall, saying it was a chance to “bury the hatchet” and “smoke the peace pipe.” Peduto said his number one priority going into the meeting was discussing a budget the two could agree on.

After the roughly 22-minute meeting, Peduto said Ravenstahl looked “subdued” yet “positive” and “professional.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:34 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Political Commentary on Essential Pittsburgh

Law professor and political analyst Joe Sabino Mistick and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman discuss presumptive mayor elect Bill Peduto and his plans for Pittsburgh. Also, with summer recess coming up, it's crunch time for the state legislature. What's the outlook on medicaid expansion?

Essential Pittsburgh
7:09 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Bill Peduto Post Primary: Where Do We Go From Here?

Former city councilman Bill Peduto is now the Democratic candidate for Mayor
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto has won Pittsburgh's Democratic Mayoral Primary.

Eight years after first running for mayor, he talks about what it means to be so close to realizing his dream and the "new Pittsburgh" he envisions.

Mayoral Election
4:39 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Peduto Says He's Ready to Make Changes, Break From Ravenstahl

Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Bill Peduto gathered reporters Wednesday just hours after Democratic voters chose him over three other candidates in Tuesday’s primary, and already he is looking at how the structure of the city will change.

As he prepares for a general election that is all but assured to go his way, Peduto said he plans to start looking at every aspect of the city’s operations.

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Mayoral Race
2:55 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Republican Mayoral Candidate Promises 'Real Change' in City Government

The battle lines are set for the general election for the next mayor of Pittsburgh.

Democratic City Councilman Bill Peduto emerged victorious from a field of four primary contenders, while lone Republican candidate Josh Wander secured his party's nomination with no trouble Tuesday night.

Now, Wander finds himself facing long odds; a Republican hasn't held the mayor's office since 1934.

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Election 2013
11:41 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

After Election, City Council Remains Essentially the Same

In the fourth district, which represents Pittsburgh’s southern neighborhoods such as Beechview and Brookline, incumbent City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak won against Johnny Lee.

Rudiak said she has spent the last four years building the foundation for the next four years.

“I look forward to working on a united front on the relationships I’ve been building with the state representatives and state senators and (the) county executive to really actualize on some of these projects,” she said. 

Some of her plans involve revitalizing business districts.  

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Election 2013
9:59 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

It's Peduto: City Councilman Clinches Mayoral Primary Win

Pittsburgh City Council Bill Peduto speaks to supporters Tuesday night after winning the Democratic mayoral primary.
Deanna Garcia 90.5 WESA

City Councilman Bill Peduto beat out three other Democratic contenders Tuesday for a win in Pittsburgh's hotly contested mayoral primary.

Peduto is hoping to win the seat currently held by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who announced in March he was not seeking re-election. While this was a primary race, Peduto’s victory all but guarantees him the seat. Democrats outnumber Republicans in Pittsburgh by a wide margin, and the city hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1934.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:05 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

The Results Are In: Analysis of the Pittsburgh Primary Races

Signs outside a polling place in the neighborhood of Beechview
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

The polls opened at 7am Tuesday for the Pittsburgh Democratic Primary election.  Turnout at most voting places was light, despite a hotly contested mayoral race and contested city council positions.

At the end of the night, City Councilman Bill Peduto accepted the democratic nomination for Mayor, incumbent City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak kept her place in Pittsburgh's southern neighborhoods, Daniel Lavelle kept his city council seat in district 6, and Bill Peduto's former council seat went to his former Chief of Staff, Dan Gilman.

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Election 2013
11:58 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Polls Open But Not Busy for Primary Election

Jack Wagner supporter Colman Mazur (in blue, facing camera) is surrounded by Bill Peduto backers at a polling place on East North Street.
Mark Nootbaar 90.5 WESA

The polls are open in Pennsylvania, and so far there have been no reports of voting abnormalities in southwestern Pennsylvania. Turnout at most voting places has been light.

Officials expect to see about 20 percent of registered voters across the state cast a ballot. That number is expected to be a bit higher in Pittsburgh where a hotly contested mayoral race could boost the numbers.  

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Election 2013
6:02 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Primary Primer: Learn More About Pittsburgh's Mayoral Candidates

Credit BillPeduto.com

Elected Positions Held: District 8 Pittsburgh City Councilman, 2002-Present

Other Occupations of Note: Chief of staff to former City Councilman Dan Cohen.

Education: BA Penn State University, MA University of Pittsburgh

Top Issues:
Economic Development: Peduto plans to take the model of community-based development to all city neighborhoods by landing state and federal grant support, modernizing zoning laws and improving transit.

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Essential Pittsburgh
12:18 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

The Overshadowing Presence of Mayor Ravenstahl

Is Mayor Ravenstahl really Captain Distraction?
Credit Noah Brode / WESA

In his latest column, Pittsburgh Tribune columnist Eric Heyl gives Mayor Ravenstahl the moniker Captain Distraction, referring to his overshadowing presence in this year's Democratic mayoral primary. On this day before the election we'll discuss how the mayor's travails continue to hold public fascination.

Election 2013
6:33 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Candidates Talk City Finances, Transportation and Corruption in Mayoral Forum

Pittsburgh mayoral candidates Bill Peduto, Jack Wagner and Jake Wheatley (left to right) participate in a public forum at 90.5 WESA on Tuesday.
Credit Haldan Kirsch / 90.5 WESA

One week before Pittsburgh’s primary election, three of the city's mayoral candidates gathered at 90.5 WESA for an issues forum.

City Councilman Bill Peduto, former state Auditor General Jack Wagner and state Rep. Jake Wheatley participated in the Tuesday evening forum. The first question was what the candidates, if elected mayor, would do to keep Pittsburgh on strong economic footing if the city were to exit Act 47 fiscal oversight status. The city has petitioned to be removed.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:47 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Pittsburgh's Mayoral Candidates Weigh In One Week Before the Primary

Three of the four Pittsburgh mayoral candidates weighed in on a range of topics Tuesday night
Credit Haldan Kirsch / 90.5 WESA

Former state Auditor General Jack Wagner, City Councilman Bill Peduto, and State Representative Jake Wheatley recorded a public radio mayoral forum Tuesday night in front of a live audience at the WESA/WYEP Community Broadcast Center.

With the help of listener submissions, WESA's Kevin Gavin asked the candidates a range of questions: How would you address large tax exempt nonprofits? What would you look for in a new police chief? How do we improve public transit for Oakland and Downtown? The candidates weighed in at one of the last  public forums before the May 21st primary.

GUESTS: City Paper Editor Chris Potter and Pittsburgh Comet blogger Bram Reichbaum offer post forum analysis and reaction on Essential Pittsburgh.

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Democratic Primary
2:39 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Peduto's Lead over Wagner Grows in Mayoral Race

The gap between the front runners in the Pittsburgh Democratic mayoral primary has widened beyond the margin of error in the latest poll, but it is still far less than the percentage of those who are still undecided.

Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto leads former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner 39 percent to 32 percent with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent in the latest Keystone Analytics poll.   

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Essential Pittsburgh
8:40 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Negative Ads in the Mayoral Primary

Image consultant Bob Oltmanns
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

Negative ads, like shaking hands and kissing babies, have become a staple of political campaigns. The recent news of Mayor Ravenstahl's link to attack ads has turned our attention to the impact of negative ads in this year's mayoral primary. Joining us for this discussion is public relations advisor Bob Oltmanns, president of the OPR Group.

Mayoral Election
12:24 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Mayor Ravenstahl Behind Ads Attacking Candidate Peduto

Pittsburgh's lame-duck mayor is behind ads attacking one of the candidates running to replace him, City Councilman Bill Peduto.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is listed as chairman of the Committee for a Better Pittsburgh, according to Federal Communications Commission disclosure documents filed by KDKA-TV, which was paid to run the ads which began Monday.

The ads accuse Peduto of voting for things that benefit the neighborhoods he represent at the expense of poorer city neighborhoods.

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Election 2013
1:01 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Pittsburgh Black Political Convention Throws Support Behind Wheatley

The Pittsburgh Black Political Convention has voted to endorse State Rep. Jake Wheatley in the city's upcoming mayoral election.

More than 200 people gathered over the weekend for the city's first-ever convention of black voters. The convention also aimed to create a clear agenda on issues including poverty, unemployment, police/community relations and violence, among other things.

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Primary Election
2:46 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Pitt Students Mobilize to Bolster Campus Voter Turnout

Citing students' abysmal voter turnout numbers in the last mayoral primary, a few dozen students at the University of Pittsburgh have formed a new group meant to forge a stronger student voting bloc for the May 22 primary election this year.

Students for Building Power (SBP) said it has secured 1,500 commitments to vote since its campaign began about three weeks ago. The group has a goal of 3,000 confirmed student voters by election day.

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Pittsburgh
10:32 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Pittsburgh Mayoral Underdog A.J. Richardson Arrested for DUI

A.J. Richardson
Credit 90.5 WESA

A self-described community activist running an underdog campaign for Pittsburgh mayor may be an even longer shot now that he's been charged with drunken driving.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported the arrest early Wednesday of 36-year-old Abdula Jamal Richardson. A woman hung up the phone when The Associated Press called a number listed for Richardson on a campaign-related website. An email message came back as undeliverable.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Michael Lamb Dropping Out of the Race: What Happens to the Dem's Endorsement?

City Controller Michael Lamb withdraws from the Pittsburgh mayoral race and endorses Jack Wagner.
Credit Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb withdrew from the city's mayoral race Monday and endorsed former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner.

So what does that mean for Lamb's Democratic Party endorsement? Does it fall by the way-side?  Does this mean committee-people are free to publicly back anyone they wish? Pittsburgh City Paper Editor, Chris Potter gives us the details of Lamb's announcement.

Mayoral Race
1:23 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Ferlo, Four Unions Endorse Wagner for Mayor

State Sen. Jim Ferlo (right) watches as Darrin Kelly of the firefighters union endorses Jack Wagner for mayor. Ferlo also endorsed Wagner.
Credit Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

Citing his long record of public service, a local state senator and four labor unions endorsed former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner for the Pittsburgh mayoral race.

On the steps of the City-County Building on Grant Street Wednesday morning, State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) announced his support for Wagner. Ferlo had filed nominating papers for the mayoral race but withdrew less than a week later.

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Mayoral Race
2:51 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidate Wants More Neighborhood Engagement

Under a Michael Lamb administration the Pittsburgh Office of Neighborhood Initiatives would be renamed and have its powers expanded.

Lamb, a Democratic mayoral candidate and current City Controller, announced that if elected he would rename the department the Office of Neighborhood Engagement.

The current Office of Neighbor Initiatives oversees projects like Green Up Pittsburgh, an initiative that works to create green spaces out of vacant lots, and Operation Weed and Seed, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve neighborhood safety.

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Mayoral Race 2013
6:06 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Six Dems for Pittsburgh Mayor Face-off

Credit Emily Farah/90.5 WESA

Sparks did not fly but the six remaining Pittsburgh mayoral candidates did begin to outline some of their platform planks Sunday in a forum hosted by the Barack Obama Academy's Youth and Government Club.  It was the first such gathering since candidates had to have their nominating petitions submitted.

All invited candidates attended with the exception of State Senator Jim Ferlo who announced Friday that he was withdrawing from the race. 

  Each participant had a maximum of 60 or 90 seconds to answer the questions posed to them, one by one.

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Government & Politics
4:44 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Wagner and Four Other New Names Enter Mayoral Race

Jack Wagner meets with reporters after filing his nominating petitions to run for Mayor in the Democratic primary.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

There are now seven candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Pittsburgh Mayor.

Joining Bill Peduto and Michael Lamb, who have been running for months, are State Senator Jim Ferlo, State Representative Jake Wheatley, City Council President Darlene Harris, Community Activist A.J. Richardson and former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner. 

Wagner filed his nominating petitions two-and-a-half hours before Tuesday’s deadline.

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