PITTSBURGH (AP) – Supporters of a Democratic Allegheny County councilwoman who died earlier this month are still touting her in next week’s primary as a tribute to her – and a rebuke to County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who has been supporting her opponent.

Barbara Daly Danko, 61, died of cancer May 6. She had been an ally of Fitzgerald – also a Democrat – until they parted company because he favored natural gas drilling beneath county parks and she didn’t.

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That’s one reason why Fitzgerald is supporting 68-year-old Caroline Mitchell for the party nomination for Danko’s seat, one of 15 on the council which governs Pittsburgh and its suburbs.

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If Danko wins the primary, party committee members from her district can pick a candidate to run in the November election. No Republicans are running in the heavily-Democratic district.

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