School board member to kick off council campaign

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Pittsburgh School Board member Mark Brentley will launch a repeat bid for Pittsburgh City Council tomorrow at noon at the Manchester Citizens Corp. at 1319 Allegheny Ave.

A board member for 10 years, Mr. Brentley, 52 and of the Central North Side, last ran for council in 2005, taking 15 percent of the vote and losing to Tonya Payne, who ousted Sala Udin. This time he faces Ms. Payne, 44, and Daniel Lavelle, 31, both of the Hill District, in the May 19 Democratic primary.

Mr. Brentley is a longtime laborer in the city's Department of Public Works.

"I want to focus on the community, focus on the issues, focus on the number of violent, young men who lost their lives," he said. He said he would also be a liaison between the community and job creators like the Penguins' arena management, the new casino, and the Census Bureau.

The kickoff event is open to all.


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