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Fitzgerald Starts Off Allegheny County Exec Race With a Bang

Allegheny County Council President Rich Fitzgerald officially began his campaign for County Executive today with show of political force.

Fitzgerald gathered with high-profile supporters at the Allegheny County Courthouse, including U.S. Represenative Mike Doyle, State Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa and a bevy of local officials. Some of Pittsburgh’s biggest labor organizations, such as IBEW Local #5 and Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania also endorsed the Council President.

Fitzgerald talked about his experience working with all sides as County Council President.

“I’m proud of my ability to work with business and labor,” said Fitzgerald. “When we work together, there’s nothing we can’t do.”

Yesterday, PoliticsPA was the first to report that Fitzgerald will announce over $750,000 in a campaign report on Monday.

Fitzgerald will be up against County Controller Mark Flaherty for the Democratic nomination. According to Early Returns, Flaherty will report approximately $500,000 in cash on hand on Monday.

Below is the impressive list of endorsements, courtesy of the Fitzgerald campaign.

US Congressman Mike Doyle

State Senators and Representatives:

  • State Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa
  • State Senator Wayne Fontana
  • State Senator Jim Ferlo
  • State House Minority Leader Frank Dermody
  • State Representative Dan Frankel
  • State Representative Harry Readshaw
  • State Representative Paul Costa
  • State Representative Marc Gergely

County officials:

  • County Councilwoman Amanda Green-Hawkins
  • County Councilman Chuck Martoni
  • County Councilman John DeFazio
  • County Councilman Bill Robinson
  • County Councilman Nick Futules
  • Former County Councilwoman Brenda Frazier
  • Former County Councilwoman Joan Cleary
  • Former County Councilman Dave Fawcett
  • Former County Councilman Jay Jabbour

Labor groups:

  • IBEW Local #5
  • Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania
  • Laborers Local 373
  • Greater Pittsburgh Regional Council of Carpenters
  • USW District 10
  • PFT
  • IUPAT District Council 57
  • IAFF Local #1

Democratic Party Officials:

  • Pittsburgh 4th Ward Chair Al Zangrilli
  • Pittsburgh 5th Ward Chair Marlene Russell
  • Pittsburgh 7th Ward Chair Jeanne Clark
  • Pittsburgh 9th Ward Chair Ron Deutsch
  • Pittsburgh 14th Ward Chair Barbara Daly Danko
  • Pittsburgh 18th Ward Chair Tony Mosesso
  • Pittsburgh 22nd Ward Chair Bob Lewis
  • Aleppo Chair Barry Pitek
  • Avalon Chair Tom Michalow
  • Bellevue Chair Jim Scisciani
  • Ben Avon Chair Terry Hartnett
  • Brackenridge Chair Charlene Stobert
  • Braddock Hills Chair Robert Henkel
  • Clairton Chair Rich Lattanzi
  • East Deer Chair Tony Taliani
  • Fawn Chair Garry Christy
  • Glassport Chair Rosemary Bradley
  • Harrison Chair Charlie Clark
  • Indiana Chair Paul Claus
  • Millvale Chair Patricia Knierim
  • Mt. Oliver Chair John Smith
  • Munhall Chair Bernie Shields
  • North Braddock Chair Tim Bridge
  • Oakmont Chair Dru Taliaferro
  • Pitcairn Chair Orelio Vecchio
  • Plum Chair Valerie Yockey
  • Rankin Chair Lucky Price
  • Swissvale Chair Mark Foerster
  • Upper St. Clair Chair Brien Wall
  • Verona Chair William Futules
  • Wilmerding Chair Dominick Pomposelli
  • West Elizabeth Chair Charles Cudlipp
  • West Homestead Chair John Dindak
  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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