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Lawrenceville civic leader to run for City Council

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Friday, July 12, 2013, 12:57 p.m.

A third candidate announced Friday he plans to run for the District 7 City Council seat formerly held by Patrick Dowd.

Tony Ceoffe, 29, of Lawrenceville, who unsuccessfully ran against Dowd in 2011, said he will seek the Pittsburgh Democratic Committee's nomination for the post.

Ceoffe will face Highland Park resident Deb Gross, 47, when Democratic committee members from the district elect a candidate to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot. The committee has not picked a date for its vote, according to Allegheny County Committee Chairwoman Nancy Mills.

Jim Wudarczyk, 61, of Bloomfield plans to run as an independent to serve the two years remaining in Dowd's term. Dowd, 45, of Highland Park resigned on Wednesday to head up a new North Side nonprofit.

District 7 includes East End neighborhoods such as the Strip District, Highland Park and Lawrenceville.

Ceoffe works as a client placement specialist for the Pittsburgh Housing Authority and serves as vice president of the board for the civic group Lawrenceville United. He chairs Pittsburgh's Sixth Ward Democratic Committee. He also serves on the steering committee for Friends of Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville and is a member of the Lawrenceville fireworks committee, which hosts an annual Independence Day celebration. His father is District Judge Anthony M. Ceoffe of Lawrenceville.

“I've been very, very active in our community, and I think that gives me a firm understanding of what the issues are in our neighborhoods,” Tony Ceoffe said. “We need an elected representative who can relate to those things from the ground up.”

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