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Heidelbaugh says one term is enough on Allegheny County Council

Aaron Aupperlee
| Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, 11:52 p.m.
Allegheny County Councilwoman Heather S. Heidelbaugh, R-Mt.Lebanon, said Monday that she does not plan to run for re-election.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Allegheny County Councilwoman Heather S. Heidelbaugh, R-Mt.Lebanon, said Monday that she does not plan to run for re-election.

One of Allegheny County Council's most vocal critics of county Executive Rich Fitzgerald will not seek re-election this year.

Heather Heidelbaugh, a Mt. Lebanon Republican elected to an at-large council seat in 2011, said Monday that one term is enough.

“I do believe in my heart that I've done a good job,” Heidelbaugh said. “I very much was a person who was trying to make sure county council was a meaningful exercise as the charter provides and trying to stop Fitzgerald from making it a rubber stamp.”

Fitzgerald, a Squirrel Hill Democrat, has called Heidelbaugh an obstructionist for her opposition to legislation.

Heidelbaugh, 56, a partner with the Downtown law firm Leech Tishman, said she will keep her options open for political office and has considered running for state attorney general.

She is one of five Republicans on the 15-member council.

Republican Councilwoman Jan Rea, 63, of McCandless also will not run for re-election. Rea has served on council since the legislative body's inception in 2000. She is confident her seat will stay Republican.

“Sixteen years is a long time,” Rea said. “I think it's time the district has someone new.”

Jim Roddey, chair of the Allegheny County Republican Committee, said candidates are interested in both seats.

County law requires a Republican and Democrat at-large member on council. Council President John DeFazio, 74, of Shaler intends to run again for his Democrat at-large seat.

Council Vice President Nick Futules, 61, D-Oakmont, said he will run for another term. Councilwomen Barbara Daly Danko, 61, D-Regent Square, and Sue Means, 63, R-Bethel Park, said they plan to seek re-election.

Council members John Palmiere, 72, D-Baldwin Township, Bill Robinson, 72, D-Hill District, and Amanda Green-Hawkins, 43, D-Stanton Heights, could not be reached for comment. Their seats will be on the ballot, as well.

Aaron Aupperlee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-320-7986 or aaupperlee@tribweb.com.

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