Peduto beats 2 opponents for Pittsburgh mayor


Democratic candidate for Mayor of Pittsburgh, City Councilman Bill Peduto, right, walks with his communications director Sonya Toler on his way to vote in the Pennsylvania primary election on May 21.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic/File)



PITTSBURGH (AP) — Democrat Bill Peduto has defeated a pair of weak opponents in his bid for a four-year term as Pittsburgh’s next mayor.

The 49-year-old Peduto won Tuesday’s election in Pennsylvania’s second-largest city, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1.

Peduto, who’s finishing his 12th year on Pittsburgh City Council, won a three-way Democratic race in the May primary.

His Republican opponent, Josh Wander, sold his home in early September moved to Israel to work as a security consultant. Lester Ludwig, an independent, is also a candidate.

At what was supposed to have been the first mayoral debate of the fall campaign, Peduto was the only candidate to show up.

Peduto will succeed Luke Ravenstahl, a Democrat who is not seeking another term.


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