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Last Sunday the PG ran a story asking why so few women hold elected office in Pennsylvania ("Why Are Pa. Women Hard to Find in Politics?"). By failing to endorse Jeanne Clark for Pittsburgh City Council District 8, the Post-Gazette contributes another explanation: A woman often has to accomplish at least twice as much as a man to be considered equally qualified.

Your endorsed candidate has had one job -- constituent service. Jeanne's record of accomplishment is unparalleled. For nearly four decades, Jeanne has been a leader in sustainable development, environmental protection, women's rights, civil rights, LGBT rights and workers' rights.

Her contributions include working with then-Sen. Joe Biden to write and pass the Violence Against Women Act; working on media strategy that defended the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act; and helping to create the policy and funding that ignited the growth of Pennsylvania's wind and solar renewable energy industry and created great green jobs.

She was part of the team that worked to make LGBT discrimination illegal in the city and led efforts to reform the city's policies on domestic violence. She will lead the way in ensuring that women and people of color fill city jobs and are appointed to boards, commissions and authorities. And in a council more known for rancor than dialogue, she will reach out to every member every time, making great legislation happen for Pittsburgh.

When they review Jeanne's record, voters will find she is the best candidate and is well-qualified to be the first woman to represent District 8 since election by district was introduced nearly 25 years ago.

KATHLEEN A. FERRARO
Squirrel Hill


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