Rev. Burgess keeps his Pittsburgh City Council seat with challengers splitting 60% of the vote

Councilman Ricky Burgess reacts to his election night victory. (Photo by Jourdan Hicks/PublicSource)

by Jourdan Hicks, PublicSource

Rev. Ricky Burgess secured his fourth term as the City Council representative for District 9, beating Randall Taylor, Barbara Daniels and Rev. B. DeNeice Welch.

“I’m thankful for the continued support of the district,” Burgess said at an election party Tuesday night at Nazarene Baptist Church in Homewood.

Burgess received 40.88% of the vote, followed by Taylor, with 28.31%, Welch with 26.00% and Daniels with 4.54%. Voter turnout was reported at 29% with 8,116 votes cast in total.

Burgess was first elected to City Council in 2007. His district includes East Hills, Garfield, Homewood, Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar, North Point Breeze, part of East Liberty and Friendship.

Despite continued reelection, Burgess has faced criticism from some constituents for what they see as a stern demeanor and failure to mitigate displacement and rising rent in areas like East Liberty. Simultaneously, some constituents praised him for neighborhood development and his focus on affordable housing.

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