Monday is the last day for Pittsburgh Council district 2 residents to register to vote in the February 3rd special election for Dan Deasy's vacated seat. Deasy won a seat in the State House of Representatives during the fall electionsand then resigned his council post. There are four candidates in the upcoming election.
Georgia Blotzer will be running for the seat as an independent. Blotzer is a community organizer and decided to run for the seat when she realized all the things she was engaging politicians and community groups about would be easier to accomplish as a council member. She says the neighborhoods in district 2 share common needs and desires. Blotzer says she will focus on creating a 5 and 10 year plan for the district to rebuild. She wants to eliminate blight while maintaining a strong police presence throughout the district. Blotzer did not win the democratic nomination for the council seat.
Chris Metz is running for the seat as the Republican nominee. Metz is a 24 year old recent graduate of Point Park University and was selected by the Republican Committee of Allegheny County to serve as their candidate. Metz feels it is time for change in the city and wants someone in district 2 who will put the taxpayer first. Metz says to win the election he needs to run a visible campaign and knock on many peoples doors to let them know he is out there.
Theresa Smith has been nominated by the Democratic Committee in the district 2's special election. Smith has served the last 3 years as the secretary for the 28th ward Democratic Committee. She has been active in community groups within district 2 and has been active with groups such as weed and seed and the program Moms and Cops. Smith wants to see blight eliminated from the district as well as maintain a strong police presence.
Brendan Schubert is running as an Independent after failing to win the Democratic nomination. Schubert says that to win the election he must roll up his sleeves and get out and get to know the voters. He says he has enough experience to win because he has been a lifelong resident of the district and has been working in city planning as a zoning administrator. Schubert feels that his experience will help him to bring development to the district. He says the district has many good things like parks and overlooks but needs an effective way to connect them all.