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Lamb says he will seek 3rd term as Pittsburgh’s controller

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Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review
City Controller Michael Lamb in March 2013

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb said Wednesday he plans to run for another term so he can “continue to be an independent voice fighting to stop the waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.”

Lamb, 52, of Mt. Washington announced he would seek a third four-year term during a meeting with members of the Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades Council, which represents dozens of labor unions in Western Pennsylvania.

“Over the past several years we have made many strides in getting the city financial house in order,” Lamb said in a statement. “Despite those successes, we still see increased spending, and waste of taxpayer dollars. I am running for re-election because I will continue to be an independent voice fighting to stop the waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars, and fighting for a more transparent city government.”

Lamb became controller in 2008. His salary is $70,343 a year, according to the 2015 city budget, which says the Controller’s Office has an operating budget of $3.2 million.

No other candidates have announced plans to run.

Lamb, a Democrat, ran unsuccessful mayoral primary campaigns in 2013 and 2005. Previously, he headed the Allegheny County prothonotary’s office, a civil court record-keeping agency that voters eliminated in 2005 through a referendum that supported consolidating the county’s row offices.

He has a law degree from Duquesne University, a master’s degree from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.

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