Thursday, June 4, 2009
A Squirrel Hill resident and a business attorney knows it's going to be difficult running as an Independent for mayor, let alone running against incumbent Luke Ravenstahl. But that's not going to stop Kevin Acklin because he says it's more important to care about Pittsburgh residents, not irrelevant party affiliations. He says political ideologies are relevant to national figures, but not local office, where there is no democratic or republican way to fill a pothole or be ethical in government. There is a right way to do those things. Acklin started a nonprofit organization called Renew Pittsburgh about a year ago, and the experience in neighborhoods and getting to know the people has motivated him to run for office.