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Pittsburgh mayor hopeful Jack Wagner updates policy platforms, forms to share his views

| Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Former state auditor general Jack Wagner cast himself on Monday as an experienced consensus builder who has spent the early weeks of his mayoral campaign soaking in advice from academics, business and labor leaders and community advocates in Pittsburgh.

Wagner, 65, of Beechview announced updates to his policy platforms and the formation of to share his views.

“As mayor, I will bring people together, as I have throughout my whole career, to accomplish big things once again as a city,” Wagner, a former member of Pittsburgh City Council and the state Senate, said in a prepared statement. “We will clean up City Hall so we can begin real progress on the major issues facing all of Pittsburgh — the need for better jobs, better schools and a better quality of life.”

Among his proposals, Wagner said he would use his relationships with elected officials in Harrisburg to restore mass transit funding to Pittsburgh as “a permanent line-item in the state budget” and plans to personally review monthly crime reports so he can put more police in trouble spots.

“Jack has been away from city politics for quite some time,” said Sonya Toler, a spokeswoman for mayoral candidate and City Councilman Bill Peduto, who trails Wagner by 7 percentage points in a Tribune-Review poll. “During that time, Bill Peduto has been in a position where he has been working on reforms to city ethics, prevailing wage, clean air, clean water, debt reduction, we can go on and on.”

Peduto, 48, of Point Breeze, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, 41, of the Hill District, school bus monitor A.J. Richardson, 36, of Sheraden and Wagner are all running in the May 21 primary to replace Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

Wheatley has 4 percent of the voters' support in the poll and Richardson, 1 percent.

Jeremy Boren is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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