Peduto Announces Bid for Third Term

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto officially announced his intentions to seek reelection on Thursday.

“I am running for a third term as the mayor of the city of Pittsburgh,” Peduto said at the beginning of a pre-recorded town hall meeting

His video announcement about seeking reelection features Peduto addressing questions about economic development, equality, public safety, and more from fourteen community leaders in a prerecorded town hall meeting.

At the moment, Peduto is set to face at least one primary challenger. 

On Tuesday evening, state Rep. Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) formally announced a challenge to Peduto for the Democratic primary. 

Peduto, who was first elected to Pittsburgh City Council in 2001, was elected mayor in 2013. During his 2013 mayoral bid, he bested former Auditor General Jack Wagner, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, and A.J. Richardson in the Democratic primary. During his 2017 reelection bid, he fended off challenges from John Welch, a minister, and Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris. 

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