(PITTSBURGH NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The four Democratic candidates running for Mayor of Pittsburgh spoke with Bill Rehkopf the day before the Primary.
Each talked about why they think they would make a good Mayor of Pittsburgh.
A.J. Richardson said no matter what happens, he “hopes people now because of what I’ve done and what I’m doing to get more involved in what goes on in various communities and get more involved in local government.”
State Representative Jake Wheatley said that if they people want real chance they should vote for him.
“If people want to see something significantly different as it relates to economic growth and prosperity in this city making sure all neighborhoods and all citizens get a real chance at prospering.”
Wheatley added that he would try to eliminate poverty and would help small businesses.
The two front runners for the mayoral seat are Jack Wagner and Bill Peduto.
Wagner defended his latest ad that called Peduto as a liar.
Wagner claimed that Peduto started the negative advertising and that’s why he had to go negative. Wagner also said that he would be a good mayor because, “I can work with anyone, and I’ve proven that.”
He also said that, “what we see in City Council today is a member of council in Bill that won’t communicate with the African Americans, doesn’t communicate with the women on council.”
Peduto was the last remaining Democratic candidate to talk to NewsRadio 1020 KDKA. Peduto responded to Wagner’s claims that he can’t work with certain people in council, saying, “They’re trying to make race an issue.”
Peduto added that, “when he started his attack, he made it on personal issues. He doesn’t have anything to find on a voting record.”
The primary is Tuesday, May 21.
Listen to the Afternoon News with Bill Rehkopf every weekday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m .on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.