Peduto Poised to Run; 4 Line up for His Council Seat

Bill Peduto

Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto promises to make, “a very special announcement” at a fundraiser on December 13. If, as is widely expected, he announces a bid for Mayor of Pittsburgh, four people are already lined up to run for his seat on City Council.

Here are the four hopefuls, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Kirk Burkley, 35, a Shadyside resident and attorney, is still mulling around a bid for the councilman position.  Burkley is currently a member of the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment for city of Pittsburgh.

Jeanne Clark, 63, is currently the Democratic chair of the city’s 7th Ward. As the communications director of environmental group PennFuture, Clark hopes to make her official candidacy statement sometime before the end of 2012. Clark is also from the Shadyside area. Clark was encouraged by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to run for the position and Fitzgerald is supporting her.

Dan Gilman, 30, has announced his official candidacy and named his political action committee chair, David Caliguiri. Caliguiri of Squirrel Hill, is the son of late Pittsburgh Mayor Richard Caliguiri. Gilman has been chief of staff for Bill Peduto’s for eight years and is from the Shadyside area.

“For the past eight years, I have counted on the advice, vision and experience of Dan Gilman,” Mr. Peduto said in a statement. “He has been my partner in improving our neighborhoods and our city. I know that you can count on him too.”

Sam Hens-Greco, 56, the 14th Ward Democratic chairman and attorney, is unsure when he will make is formal candidacy announcement, but has every intention on running. Hens-Greco is married Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kathryn Hens-Greco and from Point Breeze.

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