Democratic candidates explain in debate why they should be next mayor of Pittsburgh

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Six candidates vying to become the Democratic nominee in this fall's Pittsburgh mayoral election took the stage Sunday afternoon at Obama Academy in East Liberty for a one-hour debate. The event, organized by Obama senior Erik Rauterkus and the Pittsburgh Youth and Government Club, was an early look at the candidates together.

City council president Darlene Harris, city Controller Michael Lamb, councilman Bill Peduto, state representative Jake Wheatley, former state Auditor General Jack Wagner and A.J. Richardson were given from 60 to 90 seconds to answer questions. Spectators included Squirrel Hill's Josh Wander, the race's Republican candidate.

Topics were mostly centered around education and economic growth in neighborhoods. Crime and corruption were discussed briefly. It seemed everyone agreed, however, on one subject: getting what they deemed the so-called "non-profits" to kick in their "fair share" of taxes.

Democratic mayoral candidates debate at Obama Academy

Democratic candidates explain why they should be the next mayor of Pittsburgh. (Video by Nate Guidry; 3/17/2013)

After telling an anecdote about his grandfather dying young after working in the mills, Mr. Peduto drew applause when he said, "The mills never left, they only just moved up the hill. They're [called] UPMC, Pitt and Carnegie Mellon."

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Maria Sciullo: or 412-263-1478. First Published March 17, 2013 8:30 PM


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