Author: Peter Wray
In the next few years the City of Pittsburgh will be addressing important issues such as the implementation of global warming initiatives, as well as the development of Hays Woods and the riverfronts. To address such issues, we need leaders with vision.
In January the Club launched an electoral campaign to “Green Up Pittsburgh,” starting with the Mayoral race. We endorsed Councilman Bill Peduto, who subsequently withdrew from the May Primary election.
The second part of the “Green Up Pittsburgh” was directed at City Council, where we found two candidates making strong bids to unseat incumbents.
In the District 3 race (South Oakland and Southside) we have endorsed Bruce Kraus. In March 2006 Bruce narrowly lost to Jeff Koch in a crowded field, but now faces Koch head-to-head.
A small-business owner long active in community affairs, Bruce is sensitive to the need to balance development with environmental protection.
Patrick Dowd is the Club’s endorsed candidate in District 7 (Lawrenceville and Highland Park). Patrick is currently a city School Board member, and will be a strong advocate for the environment on City Council.
We urge Club members throughout the city to support the election of these two worthwhile candidates on May 16.