Local lawyer Kevin Acklin gathered the requisite amount of signatures to run as an independent candidate in the November 2nd Pittsburgh mayoral election. Acklin says he wants to see Pittsburgh become more competetitive, not only against cities like Charlotte and Chicago, but against local towns like Cranberry as well.
In addition to being a lawyer, Acklin serves as Executive Director of Renew Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization that works with Pittsburgh neighborhoods. "We've done everything from cleanups to rehabilitating parks, we've also done a lot of pro bono legal services for community groups. I personally do a lot of pro bono legal services for victims of domestic violence," says Acklin.
Acklin, who lost in 2007 run for County Council, says he has since spoken with community leaders and officials and learned more about the issues facing the city. Acklin will have at least one more rival than the major party nominees: Franco "Doc" Harris, son of the famous football player, will also be running as an independent.