PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Mayor Bill Peduto’s run for a third term as mayor of Pittsburgh is being challenged by a local state representative.
In four months, Pittsburgh Democrats will choose their nominee for mayor of Pittsburgh. Last week, Peduto announced his candidacy. This Saturday, he will get a major challenger in Gainey.
“There’s no question when you look at the economic disparity, there’s a problem – the racial disparity, it’s a problem. The housing disparity, it’s a problem,” Gainey told KDKA political editor Jon Delano.“
And if you haven’t done it in eight years, you’re not going to do it in the next four. So at the end of the day, that’s why I’m running for mayor,” Gainey added.
Gainey, who says he’s more liberal than Mayor Peduto but not a Democratic socialist, implies the mayor talks a good game but hasn’t delivered.
“It’s more than just talking about what we need to do. It’s about how we execute to get it done. We can talk about it all day, but I don’t want to talk about it. I want to do it,” Gainey said.
Now in his fifth term in the state Legislature, Gainey is a life-long Pittsburgher.