Wheatley mayoral campaign gets endorsement of black community leaders
A coalition of black community leaders on Saturday endorsed state Rep. Jake Wheatley's bid to become mayor of Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Black Political Convention said Wheatley, 41 — one of two black Democrats vying for the party's nomination in the May 21 primary — best represents the needs of the city's black population.
He received 52 percent, or 112, of 215 votes cast among black voters in five city locations.
“Unemployment, poverty, racism and police abuse…are being ignored too often by elected officials,” said former city Councilman Sala Udin, one of the convention's organizers.
Wheatley, D-Hill District, was elected to the state House in 2003 and before that had worked as an aide to Udin.
“I've always said from Day One of this campaign that this is about building a coalition,” Wheatley said. “The ultimate endorsement will happen on May 21, when hopefully the majority of citizens will help in making change happen.”
Udin said he was pleased with the turnout and said the coalition will raise money to contribute to Wheatley's campaign.
City Councilman Bill Peduto of Point Breeze received 33 percent, or 72 votes. His campaign spokeswoman, Sonya Toler, said Peduto was pleased with the result.
“What those numbers mean to our campaign is that what we're doing is working, and we will continue to mobilize voters to the polls,” she said.
Rosalind Williams, 41, and Gerard Hodge, 42, both of Manchester, said they cast votes for Wheatley.
“It's because I think he comes out in the community more,” Williams said. “He's hands-on. That's what we need, especially in Manchester.
“You go with your heart,” said Kim Powe, 52, of Manchester, as she cast a vote for former state Auditor General Jack Wagner. He eventually received 13 percent of the vote. “I think he'll help us. He's the best for my neighborhood.”
Democrat A.J. Richardson, 36, a black community activist from Sheraden, did not receive any votes, Udin said.
Richardson attributed the lack of votes to his failure to appear at a Friday forum sponsored by the coalition. Richardson said he had a prior commitment.
“I'm all about being inclusive of everyone to create solutions that are going to address the needs of all people,” he said. “I'm for human rights first and foremost, not just African American rights.”
Staff writer Bill Vidonic contributed to this report. Luis Fábregas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Man charged with playing doctor for free Nemacolin stay
- Steelers cornerback Taylor ready to swap earpiece for helmet
- Davis becomes 1st African-American to be named vice chair of Allegheny County Democratic Committee
- Ehrhoff finding his way with Penguins
- Murrysville athlete runs obstacle course for charity — 7 times
- Penguins notebook: Bennett status remains fluid
- Nor’easter causing flight delays at Pittsburgh International
- DUI checkpoints take on dangerous drivers
- Steelers’ lookahead: New Orleans Saints
- Cancer didn’t stop mother from living for her son
- Lower gasoline prices fail to spur consumer spending