Four say they may seek Peduto's Pittsburgh City Council seat
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A Pittsburgh City Council staffer and a Squirrel Hill activist and two attorneys said today they will seek the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Bill peduto.
Dan Gilman, 30, of Shadyside, has been an aide to Mr. Peduto for eight years. Mr. Peduto is expected to give up the District 8 seat to run for mayor but has not officially announced his candidacy.
Mr. Gilman is Mr. Peduto's chief of staff.
"For the past eight years, I have counted on the advice, vision and experience of Dan Gilman," Mr. Peduto said in a statement. "He has been my partner in improving our neighborhoods and our city. I know that you can count on him too."
In a statement, Mr. Gilman said his experience working on neighborhood issues, such as flooding and overzealous towing practices, and legislative issues, such as campaign finance reform and lobbyist registration, have prepared him for the council seat. He also cited his work on East End economic development initiatives and his service as a board member with Pittsburgh Cares, Community Technical Assistance Center and other groups.
Mr. Gilman has a bachelor's degree in ethics, history and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He was a volunteer for Al Gore's presidential race and a former intern with the American Civil Liberties Union.
Jeanne Clark, 63, a Shadyside resident and Democratic chair of the city's 7th Ward, said she also is running.
Ms. Clark, the communications director for PennFuture, said she hopes to make a formal announcement by year's end. She said she has the support of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
Sam Hens-Greco, 56, an attorney from Squirrel Hill and 14th ward Democratic chairman, said he also is planning to run for the seat but was not sure when he might make a formal announcement. He is married to Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kathryn Hens-Greco.Kirk Burkley, 35, an attorney from Shadyside, said he is weighing a run for the seat but has not made a decision. Mr. Burkley is a member of the city Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment.
First Published November 27, 2012 10:25 am