Local races shape-up for May primary


The Democratic candidates for District 1 City Council:

 Darlene Harris (incumbent)

Age: 62

Residence: Spring Hill

Occupation: Pittsburgh city councilwoman

Background: Seeking her fourth term on city council. Served as council president and president of the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board.


Randy Zotter

Age: 65

Residence: Central North Side

Occupation: Retired business owner

Background: Zotter fan for City Council in the 1980s and for Northside magistrate in the 1990s, unsuccessfully. A longtime community activist, he’s served on the North Side Leadership Conference and the Pittsburgh Reinvestment Group and is the former owner of Zotter’s, a custom woodworking business.


 Bobby Wilson

Age: 32

Residence: Spring Hill

Occupation: Researcher in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh

Background: Second time on the ballot after an unsuccessful campaign during the 2011 Democratic primary.


*Independent Democratic candidate, Dave Schuilenburg, suspended his candidacy.


Longtime school board chair Brentley won’t seek re-election

After 16 years on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board, Mark Brentley Sr. isn’t seeking re-election, leaving the door open for three new candidates, which incuding a former educator, non-profit CEO and legistlative assistant.

•Rosemary Moriarty, 64, of Central Northside worked for PPS for 35 years as a teacher and retired as principal of the Miller African-Centered Academy in the Hill District in 2008.

•Kevin L. Carter, 26, of Manchester, who is the founder and CEO of the non-profit Adonai Center for Black Males based in Downtown, and is by far the youngest candidate.

•Patricia Rodgers, 49, of Central Northside, is currently a legislative assistant for state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Hill District, and was a former substance abuse unit supervisor for a county Juvenile Court program.


Magisterial district judge candidates for 26 & 27 wards, which include Brighton Heights, Brightwood, Spring Hill, Summer Hill, Perry Hilltop, Observatory Hill:

Robert P. Ravenstahl, Jr. – (incumbent)

Brian Weismantle – retired police detective

Valerie Townsend – owner of Heels Protection in Allegheny West

*Leah Williams Duncan, Esq. – hearing officer, Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County

*Duncan’s name was not included in the May issue of the Chronicle, which was an error on the part of managing editor Justin Criado. We apologize for the omission.


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