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County Chief Executive

The County Executive enforces all County ordinances, represents the County in meetings with other elected officials and development organizations, approves or rejects County ordinances, is accountable for all departments except those under jurisdiction of another officer, prepares and submits fiscal plans, appoints the County Manager (with consent of Council), makes appointments to authorities and agencies, negotiates and signs contracts, calls special meetings of Council, makes an annual report to Council and other reports as Council may request.

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    Matt Drozd
    (Rep)

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    Rich Fitzgerald
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What are your top three priorities for this office?

What policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice for all citizens?

The renewable energy industry is providing a significant increase in good jobs in PA. If elected, how will you use your elected position to continue this economic growth?

Last Name DROZD
First Name MATT
Campaign Phone (412) 496-0034
Campaign Email mdrozd@verizon.net
Campaign Web Site http://www.mattdrozd.net
Education Undergraduate and Masters in Business Administration
Qualifications for office Saved the taxpayers $50 million dollars while serving on a school board and while serving eight years on County Council, I learned where we can save hard-earned tax dollars. Helped craft Homeland Defense and protected us while serving at the Pentagon during 9-11 for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for saving the lives of the Sailors injured aboard the USS Cole. Helped create over 20,000 jobs for our region and never voted to raise our taxes and never will.
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District Allegheny County
1. Reduce taxes to create new jobs and encourage people to stay in and settle in Allegheny County by alleviating their tax burden 2. Make our county government and elected officials more accountable to the Taxpayers by transparency and right-to-know policies 3. Streamline county government, reduce cost of government, and eliminate wasteful spending of our hard-earned tax dollars
First and foremost we need to better communicate the anti-discrimination policies we have in place and to make certain that they are being obeyed. Secondly, we need to enhance the access to our county officials and make certain that the hiring policies in place are fair and equitable to all our constituents. Third, we need to make certain that we practice what we preach and that is that all policies of the county are being followed and implemented fairly without any discrimination whatsoever.
I would aggressively pursue support businesses to these industries and other businesses, making it very attractive for them to locate in Allegheny County. When doing so, however, we must also protect our county neighborhoods and our environment. I believe that the County Executive must lead by example and ask nothing of their constituents that they would not do themselves. I have a proven track record of helping to attract over 20,000 jobs and billions in investments to our region.
Last Name Fitzgerald
First Name Rich
Age 60
Campaign Phone (412) 350-6500
Campaign Email info@richfitzgerald.com
Campaign Web Site http://richfitzgerald.com
Education B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) Carnegie Mellon Univ.; minor in business
Qualifications for office 12 years Allegheny County Council; 8 years Allegheny County Executive
Facebook www.facebook.com/votefitz
Continued economic growth with more opportunities for all residents, improving transportation, and investing in workforce development and job- and skills-training.

(Question #3 continued): ...We have many other initiatives under way to continue to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency, reduce stormwater runoff and reduce waste. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss those efforts with you further.
We will continue our efforts to increase diversity in hiring county employees, under which 25% of hires are African American, and to provide opportunities for all, including by continuing to significantly increase diversity among Directors and Deputy Directors.

We will continue to "ban the box." And we will continue the annual Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable, bringing the corporate community to the table and pushing the private sector to improve the opportunity environment across all employment sectors.
Renewable energy is a top priority for my administration. We purchase 35% of our energy from renewables and are looking to hydroelectric power to help us exceed 50%. We're also looking to make three of our parks "net zero" facilities. Allegheny County has more clean energy jobs than any county in the state, and our investment in the Energy Innovation Center is providing training for clean energy jobs. (Continued at the end of question #1)...