Friday, March 17, 2006

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances - one given to the voters of District 3

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances - Lance: To voters. There are more than 24,000 registered voters in Pittsburgh City Council District 3. Fewer than 14 percent bothered to vote in Tuesday's special election to choose a successor to Gene Ricciardi, now a district justice. The winner, with about 1,500 votes, was Jeff Koch, a city public works employee. We wish Mr. Koch the best of luck. Perhaps he can figure out a way to boost voter participation.
In other news, the Trib endorsement for District 3 is .... absent with out leave.


Jonathan Potts said...

Newspaper endorsements have little, if any, impact on voters, and I can't imagine they influence turnout either.

Mark Rauterkus said...

Newspapers are with some impact, in general. Unless the newspaper chooses to squander that impact and do nothing. Then there is a guarantee that the newspaper is without impact.

Pittsburgh's city government is in the toilet -- and we NEED the daily newspapers to do something.

What's the quote / line that a sure way to failure is to have good people do nothing. Something like that.

I was glad to see the laurel and lance... but I would have rather have seen something more proactive in the paper(s) before the vote went ignored -- in large part.

Interestingly -- the local paper (South Pittsburgh Reporter) -- dedicated a LOT of coverage to the race too. And, it endorsed Kraus -- the guy that got 2nd. Humm.... No pay off? Or, would only 4-percent have voted, not 14%?

Go figure.