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5 file petitions to seek Dowd’s council seat

Five candidates have lined up to run for a Pittsburgh City Council seat vacated by Patrick Dowd, according to the Allegheny County Division of Elections.

Two Morningside residents — David E. Powell and Tom Fallon — are the latest candidates to file for the race. They join three other declared candidates.

Candidates had until Wednesday to file nominating petitions with the county for the special election on Nov. 5 to fill the two years remaining on Dowd’s term. Dowd resigned to head Allies for Children, a North Side advocacy group.

Deborah Gross, 47, of Highland Park is running as a Democrat.

Tony Ceoffe Jr., 29, of Lawrenceville; Jim Wudarczyk, 61, of Bloomfield; and Fallon are running as independents. Fallon could not be reached to comment.

Ceoffe, who lost the Democratic nomination to Gross by four votes, is challenging her nomination, claiming the Allegheny County Democratic Committee violated its bylaws during a nominating election.

Powell, 42, works as an assistant administrator for the University of Pittsburgh’s Falk Library. He also chairs the Allegheny County Libertarian Party.

Powell said he is running to give voters a broader choice of candidates and would focus on city debt and privacy issues if elected. He objects to prevalent use of surveillance cameras for public safety.

“I would say the largest issue for me is the debt,” he said. “It just seems wrong, immoral to leave this debt to future generations.”

Candidates running as independents for other municipal races on Nov. 5 — including the race for Pittsburgh mayor — have until 5 p.m. Thursday to file nominating petitions.

Pittsburgh City Council President Darlene Harris, 60, of Spring Hill, who had said she was considering a run for mayor, would not reveal whether she would file nominating petitions. “I’m keeping my options open,” she said.

Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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