PITTSBURGH – Bill Peduto, who has been Mayor of Pittsburgh since 2014, conceded the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primaries to MP Ed Gainey.
Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Peduto made the announcement on Twitter:
I just called @gainey_ed and congratulated him on receiving 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.
– Bill peduto (@billpeduto) May 19, 2021
A short time later, Peduto gave a short speech in which he offered Gainey his support.
“I promise to do my part in electing Pittsburgh’s first black mayor and I ask all of you to do the same so that we can all work together as one,” said Peduto.
Gainey, 51, is serving his fifth term as the 24th District Representative in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
“I am honored, humbled, and proud that the people of Pittsburgh have put their trust in me by making me their Democratic candidate for mayor. That election made history and I am ready to get to work building a Pittsburgh where everyone belongs, contributes and can thrive, “Gainey said in a statement.
Pittsburgh has not elected a Republican mayor since the 1930s.