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Another Democrat to challenge Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus

Bob Bauder
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Bob Bauder | Tribune-Review
South Side attorney Amy Schrempf has announced plans to challenge Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus for his District 3 seat in the 2019 Democratic primary.

A South Side attorney has announced plans to challenge Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus for the District 3 seat in next year’s Democratic primary.

Amy Schrempf, 42, of the South Side Flats, is the second person to announce a primary run against Kraus, who intends to seek a fourth term. Allentown resident Ken Wolfe, 43, announced his campaign in August.

Schrempf cited fragmented neighborhood organizations and empty storefronts on Carson Street as reasons for her campaign.

“I just think that the district is heading in a direction that is not necessarily beneficial for it,” she said. “There’s all kinds of reasons for that, and I’m not pointing a finger at anyone. I’m a municipal attorney, so I’ve really had the opportunity with a lot of my clients to have some more progressive and more creative solutions to their problems, and I think the city can use some of that.”

Kraus, 64, did not return a message seeking comment.

The district includes 12 neighborhoods including Pittsburgh’s South Side and South Hills and part of Oakland.

This would mark Schrempf’s first campaign for elected office. She has served on the Allegheny County Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review for 10 years and chaired the board since 2014.

She is a graduate of Chartiers Valley High School, Washington and Jefferson College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She works in the Thomas Shannon Barry & Associates law firm on East Carson Street and serves as solicitor for several area municipalities, authorities and boards.

She’s lived in the South Side since 2002 and said she loves the neighborhood. She also likes walking her dog, Dundee, in city parks and swimming with him in the Monongahela River.

“I’d really like to bring the community together,” she said. “Right now we sort of have the hilltop, the Slopes, the Flats … There’s a bunch of fragmented groups. I think we can be much stronger as a cohesive group rather than a bunch of little tiny groups. Where there are some differences I think we can find some commonality and common ground and really strive.”

Five City Council members, including Kraus, are up for re-election next year along with Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb. The list includes Darlene Harris of Spring Hill; Corey O’Connor of Swisshelm Park; Deb Gross of Highland Park; and Ricky Burgess of North Point Breeze.

City Council representatives serve four years. Their 2018 salary is $66,371.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-765-2312, [email protected] or via Twitter @bobbauder.

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