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New state legislator resigns City Council seat

| Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, 12:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Deasy has resigned the post he held for almost three years, Council President Doug Shields announced Tuesday.

Deasy, 42, of Westwood was elected in November to represent the 27th District in the state House. Deasy will replace state Rep. Thomas Petrone, who is retiring.

Deasy wrote a resignation letter that states: "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of the city of Pittsburgh and Council District 2." Deasy, a Democrat, leaves City Council one year short of his only four-term.

Shields said a special election to replace Deasy on the nine-member council must be scheduled within 120 days. At least five candidates have said they plan to run in the special election, which will likely be scheduled for March.

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