Four More Years: Making Progress Towards a Pittsburgh for All

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 @ 4:09AM

Dear Friends:

When voters went to the polls on Tuesday, it was their opportunity to evaluate not only my work on City Council, but also the state of our city.  I first ran for Council in 2013, because I was frustrated with antiquated City government and outdated City services. There was an obvious need for smart reform and increased accountability. I wanted to help our City find innovative solutions to our most pressing challenges, and create a responsive City government that could serve a growing Pittsburgh.

Four years later, I am proud to say that we have made significant progress in bringing City Hall into the 21st century. We are building vibrant and safe neighborhoods, and we are creating a more welcoming and inclusive City for All. For the first time in over 50 years, our City is growing and attracting new residents. From the results on Tuesday, it is clear that the people of Pittsburgh approve of the direction in which our City is moving, and are excited by the opportunities that lie ahead.  Personally, I am honored by the vote of confidence, and the opportunity to serve the people of District 8 for a second term.

Moving forward, Pittsburgh will continue to grapple with difficult issues shared by thousand of cities across the country. How do we replace aging infrastructure like pipes, roads and bridges, without straining our finances? How do we embrace innovation and adopt new technologies while promoting jobs with family sustaining wages?  How do we empower immigrant and refugee communities, and build better community-police relationships to make sure that Pittsburgh is a City for All? These are just some of the challenges that Pittsburgh will have to overcome in the 21st century.  I will work with Mayor Peduto, my colleagues on City Council, and the dedicated people in Pittsburgh City government, each and every day, to find creative and pragmatic solutions to these issues.

Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank everyone who supported my primary campaign, and helped me towards another four years representing Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill. Whether you contributed financially, volunteered to knock doors and collect petition signatures, or put up a yard sign somewhere in District 8, I am extremely grateful for your support. It means the world to me that you were willing to take the time out of your busy lives to help spread my vision for the future of Pittsburgh. The most important thing we can do for the future of our City is to engage with our neighbors and get everyone involved in the process. Together, I am confident that we will build a better Pittsburgh.

Thank you again for your support, and the opportunity to serve District 8 for four more years.

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