Ceoffe for District 7

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The Post-Gazette's endorsement of Deb Gross for the Pittsburgh City Council District 7 race ("Five-Way Race," Oct. 25) displayed its bias in the very first paragraph: "Where [Bill Peduto] really needs the help is in the five-way race for Pittsburgh City Council's District 7." It's clear that the Pittsburgh Democratic establishment is all-in for Mr. Peduto and his hand-picked acolyte, Ms. Gross. What's unclear is how any of this will benefit the constituents of District 7.

The PG's only litmus test for endorsement seems to be Ms. Gross' support of the state's fiscal oversight of the city through Act 47. The Democratic Committee seems to only be concerned with giving the new mayor a rubber stamp of approval on council.

It's disconcerting that the PG sees no issue in replacing District 7's resolutely independent voice in Patrick Dowd with Ms. Gross, an ambitious political agent who will owe her political existence to the new mayor. After all, every time I've been contacted to support Ms. Gross, it has been by Peduto supporters. Why isn't Ms. Gross doing her own campaigning?

Tony Ceoffe has been working in our neighborhoods at a grassroots level for the last decade. At a recent forum, Ms. Gross said she looks forward to "reaching down into the community" to serve its needs. Mr. Ceoffe astutely pointed out that he wouldn't need to "reach down" into the community, because he has always been there. I only wish that the Democratic Committee and Post-Gazette were as concerned with the voters of District 7 as they are with Grant Street politics.

TOM COX
Lawrenceville


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