Decrying missed opportunities and failed leadership, city Controller Michael Lamb came to a Brookline coffee shop this morning to launch his bid to oust Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
"It's time to expect more than the status quo, Mr. Lamb said before a crowd of about 70 supporters gathered in Cannon Coffee. "I'll be a mayor who expects more."
Mr. Lamb is the second city official to announce a challenge for the Democratic nomination for the post. Earlier this month, city Councilman Bill Peduto kicked off his campaign in with a combination rally and fund-raiser that drew roughly 1,000 supporters.
Mr. Lamb, 50, pointed to his record as controller and his leadership role in the move to overhaul Allegheny County government as evidence of the energy he would bring to the mayor's office.
He contrasted that record with those of "an absentee mayor and a councilman who talks a lot but hasn't accomplished much."
Mr. Lamb, a Mount Washington resident, went to grade school and high school not far from where he stood this morning, at St. Catherine School, then at South Hills Catholic and Seton LaSalle High School. He graduated from Penn State and earned a law degree at Duquesne University, and a master in public policy at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Politics Editor James O'Toole: email@example.com or 412-263-1562. First Published January 16, 2013 4:15 PM