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Pittsburgh councilwoman Rudiak announces bid for city controller

Megan Guza
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Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, District 4, began a campaign for city controller on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

Hours after she announced her candidacy for city controller, councilwoman Natalia Rudiak gained the support of Mayor Bill Peduto.

“Natalia Rudiak is well-qualified to serve as our city controller,” Peduto said in a statement. “And just as important, she shares our vision for a new Pittsburgh.”

Rudiak announced Thursday her intent to run in the Democratic primary against Controller Michael Lamb, who is seeking a third four-year term in office. She said Peduto’s support did not weigh in her decision.

“They are supportive, but the mayor never asked me to run, never told me to run,” she said. “It just seems that the work that I’ve been doing has been leading me to take on this new challenge.”

Lamb, 52, of Mt. Washington, declined comment. The controller’s salary is $70,343 a year. The Controller’s Office has an operating budget of $3.2 million.

Rudiak, 35, of Carrick, chairs City Council’s Finance and Law and Asset Management committees and previously worked for an international accounting and consulting firm.

Rudiak said she intends to keep her council seat while running for controller. She was first elected to council in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. She is the representative for District 4, which includes Beechview, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick, Mt. Washington and Overbrook.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and the London School of Economics and a graduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

“As a member of city council, I have a proven track record of implementing smart and responsible fiscal policy to our city,” she said. “I’ll bring that same advocacy and commitment to the controller’s office.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or [email protected]. Staff Writer Bob Bauder contributed to this report.

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