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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto acknowledged a loss to MP Ed Gainey in the Democratic Four- The city’s way race for the mayor.
With 219 of the city’s 402 electoral districts reporting results shortly after 10:30 p.m., Gainey received approximately 44.1% of the votes counted, while Peduto received 42.4% retired Pittsburgh cop Tony Moreno had 12.2% and math tutor and hailstorm driver Michael Thompson had 1.2%, showed the tallies.
I just called @gainey_ed and congratulated him on being Received Democratic Recognition for Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh. I wish him all the best. Thank you Pittsburgh for the honor of serving as your Mayor for the past 8 years. I will be forever grateful.
In the Mayor race, two political insiders, Peduto, 56 from Point Breeze and Gainey, 51 from Lincoln-Lemington, competed against two political newbies, Moreno, 51 from Brighton Heights and Thompson, 38, from Oakland.
Talk of justice and reform united the men during the campaign, but each offered different approaches to the subject.
Pittsburgh’s Democratic primary generally decides races across the board City. The city has not elected a Republican mayor since the 1930s. No Republican, third or independent candidates appeared in the running.
Gainey represents the 24th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in his fifth term. Prior to that, he served as legal advisor to longtime East Liberty MP Joseph Preston Jr. He went on to run for the seat against Preston three times before winning the House seat in 2012. Prior to winning the seat of the House, Gainey was a community development specialist with former Pittsburgh Mayors Tom Murphy and Luke Ravenstahl.
Gainey was served by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, SEIU Healthcare PA, and others, including Councilor Deb Big, approved.
Peduto had the support of eight other city council members, SEIU 32BJ, and a bevy of others.
Moreno ran a populist campaign as an outsider as usual. He promised pragmatic decisions if he was elected.
Thompson is the youngest candidate. He is a math tutor and driver who announced his training at Brown University and a Mr. Rogers-like approach to city business.
Peduto gathered with supporters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 5 on the south side. Gainey monitored the return in the hall of the Service Employees International Union on the north side. Moreno was at the Tequila Cowboy Restaurant on the north coast. Thompson stayed home in his apartment.
Tom Davidson is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, [email protected], or on Twitter.
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