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Gilman, 2 City Council incumbents get nod

| Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 11:46 p.m.
Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, 33, a Democrat from Carrick, seen here on April 29, 2013, is running for her second, four-year term on the nine-member council. She represents the city neighborhoods of Beechview, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick and Overbrook.

Dan Gilman won the Democratic nomination for the only open Pittsburgh City Council seat on Tuesday, taking 59 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting, on a night that favored incumbents.

Gilman has worked nine years as chief of staff to District 8 incumbent Councilman Bill Peduto, who ran for mayor rather than seek re-election. Gilman, 30, defeated two political allies — Sam Hens-Greco, with 24 percent of the vote, and, Jeanne Clark, with 16 percent — but he said he expects to continue working with them.

“I feel honored to have run against two great competitors,” Gilman said. “It was a resounding result of the work I've done the past nine years for the district. There's a lot of great things happening in this city and in this district in particular.”

Gilman said during the campaign that he would work to begin a Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation to help businesses navigate bureaucracy. He said the city should allow developers to file building plans electronically and pay for permits with credit cards.

Gilman will face Republican Mordecai D. Treblow, 83, of Squirrel Hill, who ran unopposed, in November. District 8 represents the city's eastern neighborhoods.

In the District 4 race to represent the city's South Hills neighborhoods, incumbent Natalia Rudiak led in the race for the Democratic nomination with 53 percent of the vote and 96 percent of precincts reporting. Challenger Johnny Lee, a retired postal worker and former high school and college basketball coach, had 47 percent.

The winner will face Samuel J. Hurst, 30, of Brookline, a cab driver and lone Republican candidate, in November.

“I, and my incredible City Council staff, have worked overtime since I was sworn into office almost four years ago to bring new investments to South Pittsburgh and to protect our neighborhoods from crime and neglect,” Rudiak said in a statement.

In District 6, incumbent R. Daniel Lavelle led with 53 percent of the vote and 96 percent of precincts reporting. He defeated former councilwoman Tonya Payne and onetime mayoral candidate Franco “Dok” Harris.

No Republican ran in District 6, which covers Downtown, the Hill District, the North Shore, part of Oakland and Uptown.

“I think it's a testament to what we've been doing over the last four years,” Lavelle, 35, said. “It's a great pleasure to be sent back Downtown to continue building on the tremendous momentum we've built.”

In District 2, representing the West End, Democrat Theresa Smith ran unopposed.

Members of City Council make $61,655 a year and serve four-year terms.

Andrew Conte is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7835 or andrewconte@tribweb.com.

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