Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Candidates lining up to replace Ricciardi on council

Candidates lining up to replace Ricciardi on council ... and Libertarian Mark Rauterkus.


Anonymous said...

PG article: Candidates line up to replace Councilman Ricciardi

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Pittsburgh Councilman Gene Ricciardi isn't expected to resign his seat until next month, but there's already a crowded field of candidates seeking to replace him.

Jason Phillips, 24, of the South Side Flats, came before City Council yesterday to announce his candidacy under the Green Party banner.

Jeffrey S. Koch, a landscape contractor from Arlington, said he would run as a Democrat. So did Eileen Conroy, an outgoing district judge from Oakland. Democrat Bruce Krane, a Flats resident and president of Pittsburgh Staffing, sent out an e-mail soliciting funds to run. Other announced candidates include Democrats Bruce Kraus, Ed Jacob and Pat Sweeney, and Libertarian Mark Rauterkus.

Mr. Ricciardi, a Democrat, will become a district judge.

Anonymous said...

3 contenders line up to replace Ricciardi

By Jeremy Boren
Wednesday, December 7, 2005

The list of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Pittsburgh City Councilman Gene Ricciardi in a special election next year is growing.

Three contenders said Tuesday they plan to enter the race.

Bruce Krane, 58, of the South Side, and Jeffrey S. Koch, 43, of Arlington, said they intend to seek the Democratic nomination.

Krane, who runs a temporary services business in Pittsburgh, sent out e-mails seeking campaign contributions from supporters.

Koch works as a Public Works truck driver, owns a landscaping and contracting business and is a city Democratic committee member.

University of Pittsburgh political science student Jason A. Phillips, 24, of the South Side, told City Council he would run as a Green Party candidate.

Others who have said they intend to run once Ricciardi resigns to start work as a district judge in January are Democrats Bruce Kraus, South Side Chamber of Commerce president; Patrick Sweeney, a public defender from the South Side; Ed Jacob, president of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association; District Judge Eileen Conroy, of Oakland; and Libertarian Mark Rauterkus, an unemployed political activist from the South Side.

All are unofficial candidates because they can't file the necessary paperwork to run until Ricciardi officially resigns, according to the Allegheny County Elections Division.

The District 3 council seat covers Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Beltzhoover, Carrick, South Oakland, Knoxville, Mt. Oliver, the South Side, St. Clair and part of Mt. Washington.

Jeremy Boren can be reached at jboren@tribweb.com or (412) 765-2312.

Mark Rauterkus said...

Boren has a lot of facts wrong in the article. I've got a job, for one. Two others have been president of the SS Slopes group, at least, since Ed had that "job." Ed hasn't been president for years.