Monday, March 13, 2006

Council vacancy comes up for vote -

Ink in today's TRIB has a line up of candidates too.
Council vacancy comes up for vote - Rauterkus, a part-time high school swim coach, is running as a Libertarian.
This is a nice little article and a bit of a suprise.

The city would have to be hit with either a twister or a tidal wave before the Trib Editorial Section would come alive with a thoughtful endorsement on this race. I don't see them being able to chime in on the candidates, sadly. But, today's weather predictions is calling for some major storms.

This weekend I was at an event and saw a former Trib reporter who had covered me in the past, Violet Law. Five days ago she started working for the Pittsburgh City Paper. She had done a bit of freelance work in the middle as well.

Best of luck to Violet in her new venture.

I talked a lot to her in the past when she covered some city life. I was dealing with citizen efforts with the closed swim pools and recreation centers -- and Save Our Summer swung into town -- kicking up a bit of dust in a temporary way but with an urgent matter.

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Council vacancy comes up for vote

By Jeremy Boren
Monday, March 13, 2006

Voters will choose one of eight candidates in a special election Tuesday to fill a vacant Pittsburgh City Council seat.

Residents of Council District 3 will decide who will complete the unexpired term of former Councilman Gene Ricciardi, which runs through 2007. The district includes the neighborhoods of Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Beltzhoover, South Oakland, Knoxville, Mt. Oliver, the South Side, St. Clair and part of Carrick.

Ricciardi resigned in December after being elected as a district judge. City Council members are paid $53,687 a year.

The presumed front-runner, Jeffrey S. Koch, 44, of Allentown, a city Public Works truck driver, is the city Democratic Committee's nominee.

Neal Andrus, 30, a salesman from Arlington, is the sole Republican candidate.

Minor party candidates are: Bruce Krane, 58, South Side; Bruce A. Kraus, 51, South Side; Mark Rauterkus, 46, South Side; Jason Phillips, 24, South Side; Matthew Bartus, 51, Carrick; and Mike Waligorski, 56, South Side.

Rauterkus, a part-time high school swim coach, is running as a Libertarian. Phillips, a University of Pittsburgh student, is running as a Green Party candidate. Waligorski, a painting business owner, and Bartus, a city painter, are running as Independents. Krane, manager of a temporary worker agency, and Kraus, an interior design entrepreneur, are running under separate political parties named after themselves.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. For more information, or for help locating a voting precinct site, visit or call the Allegheny County Elections Division at 412-350-4500.

Jeremy Boren can be reached at or (412) 765-2312.