Pittsburgh voters will be able to vote for multiple city appointments – including the new mayor – when the general election opens on November 2nd.
The personal vote will take place next Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All ballot papers must be received by the district electoral office by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, district judge. There are no federal or state officials on the poll since it’s an odd year.
Voters will decide the mayor’s race between Democratic candidate Ed Gainey and Republican candidate Tony Moreno. Gainey won the Democratic nomination in the May area code, and Moreno accepted the Republican nomination after finishing third in the Democratic primary. He received the most Republican write-in votes to earn the nomination.
The Pittsburgh City Council seats in Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 are all elective, in addition to the Allegheny County Council seats in Districts 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, and 12. Oakland is part of District 3 , 6, and 8, and Allegheny County Council District 10. Neither office is on the ballot this year.
Ed Gainey (D)
Gainey currently represents District 24 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and has served since 2013. Gainey received the Democratic nomination for Mayor Bill Peduto conceded in May Elementary School.
Gainey’s top priorities include criminal justice reform, neighborhood and housing accessibility, environmental sustainability, and youth representation in government. If he is elected, he plans to work closely with the Pittsburgh Housing Authority and City redevelopment agency, Allegheny County Sanitary Authority and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and Public Schools in Pittsburgh.
Gaineys plans This includes the “demilitarization” of the police and the shifting of these investments into new training and de-escalation strategies. He plans to increase school funding, raise the minimum wage for workers across the city, and reduce Pittsburgh’s carbon footprint.
Gainey supports the legislature Measures to tax UPMC and legalize Marijuana.
Tony Moreno (R)
Moreno, the Republican candidate for mayoral, is a retired police officer and Army veteran running for mayor after serving 24 years in the Pittsburgh Police Department. Moreno is a member of the Veterans Police Association, Local Foreign war veterans, Greater Pittsburgh Police Emerald Society, Allegheny Country Rifle Club and Locking Arms Men’s Fellowship.
Moreno proposes a restructuring of the Public Works Department to provide “safe and reliable infrastructure”, improve winter weather response, and update technology. Moreno said he “understands the frustration many Pittsburgh residents feel when it comes to effective snow removal and waste management.”
Moreno’s public safety agenda includes police reform and an emphasis on addiction, homelessness and mental illness. He plans to incorporate the crisis intervention training he developed during his time with the police and to “revise” the attitude of the police to create a more diverse police force.
Moreno plans to “do a full review of the Parking tax”, An increase in the property tax for the purpose of improving the city parks and will ask for a new vote to ratify the tax again.
Pittsburgh City Council:
Theresa Kail-Smith (D, incumbent)
Smith was elected to the Pittsburgh City Council in 2009 and currently serves as Pro Tempore Council President. Smith’s top priorities include economic development, social services, and the environment.
Anthony Coghill (D, incumbent)
Coghill helped bring a new Department of Public Works facility in District 4, having previously closed, and facilitating the rebuilding of Broadway Avenue during his tenure. Coghill’s plans include updating city services and reducing substance use.
Connor Mulvaney (Green Party)
Mulvaney is a Brookline resident and a bicycle technician running for office with a grassroots third-party movement. His campaign focuses on addressing environmental issues, improving the housing market and increasing the workforce.
- Daniel Lavelle (D, incumbent)
Lavelle was elected to Pittsburgh City Council in 2009 and was named chairman of the Finance and Legal Committee in 2020. Lavelle has led initiatives for economic and social justice and campaigned for equitable development in his district.
Erika Strasbourg (D, incumbent)
Strassburger was elected to Pittsburgh City Council in 2017 after serving as District 8 Chief of Staff. Strasbourg passed a law to protect pregnant workers from discrimination in the workplace and introduced a new weapon Regulations.
Allegheny County Council
Jack Betkowski (D)
Betkowski is currently serving in his second term as commissioner for the community of Ross. He is also on the public safety and finance committees and serves as a representative for Ross Township ASSOCIATE and the North Hills Council of Governments.
Joe Wise (R)
Wise was elected to the Moon Township Board of Supervisors in 2013 and currently works as a regional real estate agent. Wise’s campaign focuses on budgeting, taxation and business policy.
Anita Prizio (D, incumbent)
Prizio was elected to Allegheny County Council in 2017 and is the owner and operator of a small business. In her first term, Prizio received paid sick leave for workers, established an independent police review body, and passed laws to control diesel emissions.
Meredith Dolan (R)
Dolan is currently in operations for a technology startup company and previously served as chief of staff for a member of Congress. Dolan’s campaign is focused on helping law enforcement, tackling paid family leave and improving infrastructure.
Patrick Catena (D, incumbent)
Catena is currently in his first term with Allegheny County Council and is President of the County Council. His campaign focuses on improving business operations and increasing sales.
Michelle Naccarati Chapkis (D)
Naccarati-Chapkis has worked as the executive director of a regional non-profit organization for the past 11 years. Your platform mainly deals with issues of fair housing and the environment.
Eric Casteel (R)
Casteel worked in software development and cybersecurity for 38 years. His campaign focuses on increasing law enforcement and funding economic development.
Bob Macey (D, incumbent)
Macey was elected to office in 2017 and currently serves as the liaison with the Allegheny County Airport Authority. He is active in volunteering and community revitalization projects.
Robert Palmosina (D, incumbent)
Palmosina was elected in 2017 and is currently the 20th district chairwoman of the Pittsburgh Democratic Party and public works director for Collier Township. He focuses on youth mentorship and public work programs.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Maria McLaughlin (D)
McLaughlin served as the assistant district attorney in Philadelphia and later as the director of the child benefits department. Her campaign focuses on protecting children’s rights and promoting anti-violence and anti-drug initiatives.
Kevin Brobson (R)
Brobson was a judge on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and his colleagues elected him 10th presidential judge in 2020. His campaign focuses on a fair and impartial judiciary.
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
There are 18 candidates running for 10 open seats in the Court of Common Pleas.
Chelsea Wagner (D)
Wagner currently serves as the Allegheny County Controller and her campaign is focused on health care accessibility, the environment and paid family vacations.
Sabrina Korbel (DR)
Korbel is the legal director of the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Her top priorities include combating domestic violence and improving the justice system for refugees.
Wrenna Watson (D)
Watson currently serves as the Magistrate Judge on the Pittsburgh Municipal Court and was a past chairman of the Pittsburgh Planning Commission. Your platform addresses the need for judicial reform and fair courtrooms.
Lisa Mittelmann (DR)
Middleman is a public defender and her campaign prioritizes school partnerships and treatment for addiction and mental illness.
Nicola Henry-Taylor (D)
Taylor is a private attorney in family and criminal courts, and her campaign is focused on advocacy for people of color and reducing systemic biases.
Elliot Howsie (D)
Howsie is a sitting judge who is running for re-election. He supports the reform of social justice, the deletion of criminal records and the fight against food insecurity.
Tiffany Sizemore (D)
Sizemore is a professor of clinical law at Duquesne University. She advocates reform of youth and criminal law as well as equal access to courtrooms.
Bruce Beemer (DR)
Beemer is a sitting judge who is running for re-election and has previously dealt with fraud and has investigated corruption in government agencies and civil servants.
Jessel Costa (D)
Costa has served as Assistant Attorney General for the past six years and now works in a private law firm. His experience includes prosecuting “some of the most heinous” crimes such as child sexual abuse and pornography.
Tom Caulfield (D)
Caulfield worked as a public defender before serving as a district judge since 2010. He has served on cases involving families, children and businesses in the Pittsburgh area.
Joseph Patrick Murphy (R)
Murphy served as arbitrator on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and practiced as a private attorney for 20 years. He advocates a “transparent, rational and sensible” legal system.
Anthony DeLuca (R)
DeLuca previously served as assistant district attorney and criminal defense attorney. His campaign focuses on psychological help and compassion in the courtroom.
Daniel Konieczka (R)
Konieczka worked as a district judge after his work as a public prosecutor and defense attorney. It prioritizes community development and youth care.
William Caye (R)
Caye is a private attorney and previously taught at Duquesne University and the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law. He supports programs for mental health, addiction and vulnerable populations.
Chuck Porter (R)
Porter is a litigator and previously served in the Allegheny District Attorney’s office. He believes in equality in the legal system and fair representation of different population groups.
Mark Patrick Flaherty (R)
Flaherty previously served as the Allegheny County controller. He supports reforms within the prison and an increased use of rehabilitation practices.
Rick Hosking (R)
Hosking is a certified mediator and litigator and has worked on litigation, healthcare, labor law, business disputes and insurance cases.
Richard Weiss (Green)
Weiss worked as a lawyer for the federal government and on international development projects. He supports the decriminalization of drug use and the end of cash bail.