The bells tolled at 5 p.m. March 27 when Darlene Harris dropped out of the mayoral race, leaving only five Democrats remaining in the crowded primary to succeed Luke Ravenstahl as mayor.
It seems to me that Councilman Bill Peduto and city Controller Michael Lamb are the only serious contenders in this race. Bill has consistently remained active with his work on city council for District 8 and has maintained a presence in the community with his mayoral campaign. Bill has made it a priority to spread his name to voters through events, media and the St. Patrick's Day Parade, in which I proudly marched.
While I am not fond of his views and goals for the city, Michael Lamb has organized his campaign and a group of dedicated volunteers, and together they are running a successful, grassroots campaign, like Councilman Peduto's.
While these two candidates have worked tirelessly for months on organizing campaigns, others simply joined in when they realized that they had a chance after Mr. Ravenstahl announced he would not run for re-election. Among this group are Jack Wagner, who is simply campaigning on name recognition; Jake Wheatley, who has not started a campaign whatsoever; and political unknown A.J Richardson, who is just wasting his time.
Pittsburgh voters should vote for a serious contender in this upcoming election and not waste their vote on the cowardly politicians who only entered when it seemed like they had a chance.
JOSEPH SAMUEL ROGERS