New Pittsburgh Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith was sworn in today, pledging to "work toward a unified District 2 with increased volunteerism" and "poise ourselves to take a greater level of responsibility" for the western neighborhoods and the city as a whole.
She won election in the fiefdom-laden district that runs from Mount Washington and Banksville to Esplen and Fairywood.
"Throughout the last several months, so many people offered insight about who controlled the votes in District 2 and what I should do to capture the votes," she said in her speech. "In my heart, I believe there is only one person who truly controls the votes, and I thank God for guiding me here."
She was joined by scores of supporters, including Pete Lackey, a former Elliott resident who drove two hours from his retirement home in Cook Forest.
"I've been encouraging her [to run for council] for years," said Mr. Lackey, who worked with Ms. Smith's husband, Tom, as a driver for O.K. Grocery. "She's just energetic. She's connected with every community."