Carnegie council member Stacie Riley will be borough's first female mayor
Stacie Riley never realized she would be breaking through a glass ceiling when she decided to run for mayor of Carnegie.
“I just wanted to be the best person for the job,” said Riley, 36, who was elected Tuesday as the borough's first female mayor. She was unopposed in the election, after winning both party nominations in the May primary, where she bested another female candidate to receive the Democratic party nomination. She also received enough write-in votes to appear on the Republican ballot.
“I can't even describe it. I could not be more honored to have this opportunity,” Riley said. “I will work hard to be the best face for this community.”
When two-term mayor Jack Kobistek chose not to seek re-election and instead run for local district magistrate, Riley, who has served as a Ward 2 council member for two years, said she knew it was her turn to “step up to the plate to keep Carnegie moving forward.”
She pointed to the 133-year-old borough's thriving business community and said in her role as mayor, where she will oversee the police department, she is dedicated to making Carnegie “the safest place to live, work and play.”
Riley also plans to tap into connections she has made while serving on council to help ensure the borough's infrastructure continues to grow, she said.
“We are booming right now,” she said.
Riley plans to pull together a group of residents and business owners to work on a plan to enhance parking in both business and residential districts.
“I don't want to cap our business growth,” she said. “We need to figure out a plan so we can continue to grow.”
Riley, who grew up in Mt. Lebanon, moved to Carnegie in 2013. However, her dad, Michael Riley, owned and ran All Pro Painters Inc. in the borough for 35 years, before his death in 2011.
“He was so passionate about Carnegie and the community,” she said.
Riley's uncle Jim also owns Riley's Pour House.
“I feel like I grew up here,” she said as she talked about being trapped in the flood of 2004, when she was rescued by the Coast Guard. “When I chose to lay my roots, I chose Carnegie. It's an amazing community.”
While it's not lost on Riley that she will be the first woman mayor — serving alongside a female council president — she said it's really about doing a good job.
“I am a strong woman but I wouldn't have done anything differently either way,” she said.
Riley said she's ready to get to started in her new role.
“This is really when the work begins,” she said.
Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.