Pittsburgh Member of Council District 5
Council consists of nine members
elected by district by the city of Pittsburgh voters. The legislative power is
vested in the council. Council members in odd-numbered districts are elected 2
years after the even-numbered district members are elected.
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What are your top three priorities for this office?
What policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice for all citizens?
What policy changes would you recommend to improve police accountability?
B.A., Elementary Education, Duquesne University, 2006
Qualifications for office
City Councilman, 4 years
Moving forward, I intend to pursue legislation focused on three major areas. I'll advocate for equitable public education funding for our city schools to prepare the next generation of Pittsburghers for success, regardless of where they live or learn. I'll push the city to combat climate change and invest in clean, green, and sustainable infrastructure projects that will benefit all Pittsburghers both now and in the future. Finally, I'll continue to stand against PWSA privatization to keep our city's water public, and call for action to address air pollution within our city's limits.
We need to build a Pittsburgh that works for - and includes - everyone. I’ll push to preserve and expand the city's affordable housing supply through rent control legislation, as I see fair housing as a basic right. I'll continue to encourage private businesses to raise their minimum wages and guarantee paid sick leave to all their employees. No Pittsburgher should work multiple jobs to survive in this "most livable" city - or choose between caring for a sick family member and losing their job. As always, I firmly support labor rights, healthcare justice, and building an equitable economy.
All Pittsburgh City Police Officers should wear body cameras to record their interactions with the public. I support Chief Shubert's decision to outfit our entire force with these cameras, as well as field-testing new technologies that activate them as soon as officers draw their weapon. On a broader scale, I've always supported the work of the Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board and believe that oversight of law enforcement is a critical element of holding these public servants accountable
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