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Candidates to run for District 3 seat


February 8, 2011

Two candidates have stepped forward to challenge incumbent councilman Bruce Kraus for the District 3 City Council seat.

Jason Phillips, Allegheny County Democratic Committee member, and South Side Chamber of Commerce President Gavin Robb announced their candidacy for the Pittsburgh City Council District 3 seat.

"We need to elect a new council member with five traits that our community has been missing for six years: creative ideas, the ability to connect, a spirit of collaboration, highly involved, and a partner willing to work for everyone," Mr. Phillips stated.

He said he strongly believes the first priority needs to be a balanced budget; the City of Pittsburgh can longer spend more than it collects. He also believes that the city needs to start doing the little things well.

The crux of his campaign focuses on our need to fix city roads, improve snow and ice removal from secondary streets, pick up garbage, demolish blighted homes, eradicate graffiti and most of all, provide Police, Fire and EMS services to city residents.

Mr. Robb, an attorney, and his wife have been residents of the South Side Flats for the past ten years. In addition to the chamber of commerce, he serves on the Board of Directors of the South Side Local Development Company where he is a member of the Finance Committee. He is also a member of the South Side Community Council.

"The current dynamic on city council is not maximizing Pittsburgh's potential for its resident or its business community," Mr. Robb said. "I believe that I can work with my fellow council members ot more effectively address the problems facing our city using a collaborative approach that will restore a much-needed sense of civility to city government."

Mr. Robb said he feels his legal training and experience in municipal law will be an asset to city council.


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