As Wilkinsburg's first black female mayor, Marita Garrett, 31, says she wants to address visibility.
“Everyone should be represented at this level," said Garrett, who's served on the borough's council since 2014. "There shouldn’t be a one and only black woman mayor, there should be many others coming down the list, and also with other boroughs.”
Wilkinsburg, which has a population of nearly 16,000, is struggling with blight, attracting economic development and shaking its dangerous reputation. Allegheny County homicide data show there were two people killed there in 2017.