PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Rich Fitzgerald has won the race for Allegheny County Chief Executive.

Fitzgerald, a Democrat, defeated Mt. Lebanon Republican D. Raja.

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After four terms as president of Allegheny County Council, Fitzgerald announced he received a congratulatory phone call from Raja at the IBEW hall. Fitzgerald stood before a crowd of supporters where he thanked his supporters and talked about the campaign.

“The leadership in Harrisburg — I can’t thank them enough: Jay Costa, Wayne Fontana, Frank Dermody, Dan Frankel and the leadership in the house who decided I was worth getting behind. They put their necks on the line.

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“It feels good standing up here now, but seven or eight months ago it was no sure thing. We all understood that. We were running against a formidable name, a formidable opponent, a formidable person who has done a good job.

“But we were able to get out there and work hard and get out our message. And then we ran a fall campaign. And quite frankly we were outspent two to one. My opponent spent $1.7 million and we spent half of that. And we won by two to one — that’s an amazing thing,” Fitzgerald said to the crowd.”

Raja, once a Mt. Lebanon Commissioner, owns an IT company with about 100 local employees.

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