Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto plans to run for re-election in 2017.
The Point Breeze Democrat, 50, who is nearing the end of his second year in office, confirmed his re-election bid Friday.
Peduto, who took office after serving 12 years as a Pittsburgh councilman, said he will begin gearing up for the election at year’s end and start campaigning in 2016. He had $263,194 in available campaign funds, according to his most recent financial reports filed with the Allegheny County Elections Division.
He is so far the only Democrat to commit, said Nancy Mills, chairwoman of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.
“I haven’t heard of anyone challenging him, but I’m sure somebody will,” she said. Allegheny County Republicans are also preparing for the race, said GOP committee Chairman Jim Roddey. Roddey said the committee is seeking candidates.
“We don’t have a candidate yet, but we’re looking for someone,” he said. “I’d like to have two to four so we have a choice.”
Pittsburgh voters will cast ballots for mayor in the primary on May 16, 2017, and general election on Nov. 7, according to the elections office.
Peduto was inaugurated as the city’s 60th mayor on Jan. 6, 2014, after a bizarre primary. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl pulled out of the race 11 days after announcing his re-election campaign.
Peduto won the general election in a landslide, collecting more than 84 percent of the vote.
Noting the city’s overwhelming Democratic voter registration edge, Roddey said it would be almost impossible for the GOP to defeat an incumbent Democrat for the mayor’s office. Pittsburgh hasn’t had a Republican mayor since the 1930s.
Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.