By Charlie Deitch
Pittsburgh Current Editor
State Rep. Ed Gainey has shown himself to be one of the most progressive members of the Pennsylvania House. Now, he’s bringing those values to the race for Pittsburgh Mayor.
Gainey made the announcement through a press release Tuesday:
“I’m running for Mayor because I know that the working people of Pittsburgh need opportunities for good union jobs with a living wage and benefits, affordable housing, genuine public safety, and a city where we can all belong and contribute. We can uplift the City of Pittsburgh for everyone if we start with those who have been left behind.
“I understand that city government has the power to change lives, uplift communities, and fix what’s broken in our city. Our city is divided, but when we all lay our heads down at night, I believe we all share the same vision for our families, our children, and our neighborhoods. To fulfill our vision for a better tomorrow.”
As a state Rep., Gainey has lobbied for labor issues, affordable housing, marijuana legalization and most notably, for Police Reform.
In 2019, after the acquittal of Police Officer Michael Rosfeld in the shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Antwon Rose, he was one of the main sponsors of police reform legislation. Police reform legislation was revived last summer when police officers used heavy-handed tactics to instigate confrontation with protesters.
Police reform and accountability is likely to be one of the major issues in the upcoming Democratic primary. Last week, Peduto announced his run for a third term in a virtual event.
“Pittsburgh deserves a mayor who will fight with all they’ve got to see the vision through,” I’m ready for that fight, and as the next Mayor of the city of Pittsburgh, I’ll be a Mayor for all of us.”