In a landslide victory, GSPIA Alumnus and incumbent Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (MPPM ’11) garnered nearly 70% of the votes in the May 16th primary election, securing the Democratic Party nomination. As no Republican challengers have appeared, the path is clear for Peduto to assume a second term as Pittsburgh’s mayor.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that during Peduto’s speech to his supporters in Banksville, the election results provided “a mandate to continue” the efforts he started four years ago… “It’s not a mandate for a politician,” he said. “It’s a mandate that we’re on the road to success, and we are required to make it so that Pittsburgh stays Pittsburgh, and we build a Pittsburgh for all,” said Peduto.
Peduto recognized that there is still work to do as he discussed with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, “There are big challenges, but we will tackle them head-on,” said Peduto.
KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti asked Mayor Peduto to describe how the next four years will differ from the past. Peduto commented “It’s time to take on bigger challenges. How do we make sure there are opportunities for all Pittsburghers to enjoy this boom we’ll be seeing in new economic development that’s just ahead?”
Peduto became the City of Pittsburgh’s 60th mayor when he took office for the first time in January 6, 2014. He served as chief of staff for Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Cohen before being elected as a city councilman himself—for the District 8 seat vacated by Cohen—in 2001; he served in that capacity from 2002 to 2014, representing the East End neighborhoods of Bloomfield, Friendship, Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill. On the City Council, Peduto chaired the committee on general services, technology, and the arts. After mounting an unsuccessful primary campaign for mayor in 2007 and then being reelected to the City Council in 2009, Peduto decided to enroll in GSPIA’s Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) program, which he completed in 2011. In 2014, the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership honored Peduto with its Emerging Leader Award.