Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto, riding high after winning the Democratic primary for mayor Tuesday night, laid out bold objectives for his administration at a press conference today, saying he has a "mandate" to change business-as-usual at city hall.
"A lot of what has happened over the past several years has given whoever will be the next mayor a mandate to clean up city hall," he said.
Given the city's strongly Democratic electorate, Mr. Peduto is the presumed successor to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
Mr. Peduto said he plans to conduct national searches for department heads, including for the bureau of police, where former chief Nate Harper resigned before being indicted earlier this year.
He said he also plans to restructure the mayor's office and be more "hands-on."
Those promises are implicit criticisms of Mr. Ravenstahl.
Mr. Ravenstahl, who served as chairman of a committee that paid for anti-Peduto ads in the councilman's primary race against former Pennsylvania auditor general Jack Wagner, issued a statement about Tuesday's results this afternoon.
"Congratulations to Bill Peduto and to all of the winners of yesterday's primary election," Mr. Ravenstahl said in the statement. "I wish everyone the best of luck in the general election in November. We all share a common love for our hometown, and I look forward to working with the victor of the mayoral general election to ensure a smooth transition between administrations."
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