Ravenstahl: 'I'll be around'

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Don't expect Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to disappear after he leaves office in January.

Mr. Ravenstahl said Thursday he has no firm plans after he leaves office, but he will remain in Pittsburgh. He surprised supporters earlier this year when he decided not to run for re-election amid a federal investigation of his administration that has led to the indictment of former police chief Nate Harper.

Speaking after the opening of a new Shop'n Save supermarket in the Hill District, Mr. Ravenstahl said he has "been approached by a couple" of potential employers that he didn't identify.

"I'll be in Pittsburgh," he said. "I'm not planning on going anywhere else. I plan on being active in the community. I will be around."

When he dropped his re-election bid, Mr. Ravenstahl said he was fed up with public life. He was noncommittal about whether he might return to politics himself in the future, but he made it clear he would support issues and candidates he believes in.

Mr. Ravenstahl was city council president seven years ago when he became mayor after the death of Bob O'Connor. He was elected twice after that, once to fill the remainder of O'Connor's term and a full term that ends in January.

His service as mayor has been marked by accomplishments such as the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program for city school students and the construction of Consol Energy Center on the plus side, and a trip to a country music concert in a city vehicle and the federal investigation on the negative side.

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Ed Blazina: eblazina@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1460. First Published October 17, 2013 8:00 PM


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