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Pittsburgh mayor hopeful Jack Wagner updates policy platforms, forms jackwagner.org to share his views

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| Tuesday, April 9, 2013 12:01 a.m
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Pittsburgh mayoral candidates Jake Wheatley (far left), Bill Peduto (left center), Jack Wagner (right center) applaud with Reverend Thomas A. Smith (right) of Monumental Baptist Church after the mayoral debate at the Hill District Ministers Alliance Candidate Forum at Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion in the Hill District on Monday, April 8, 2013.
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Members of the Hill District Ministers Alliance pray at the conclusion of the group's Candidate Forum at Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion in the Hill District on Monday, April 8, 2013.
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Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Jake Wheatley (left) talks to his campaign manager Appollos Baker as they enter the Hill District Ministers Alliance Candidate Forum at Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion in the Hill District on Monday, April 8, 2013.
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Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Bill Peduto shakes hands as he enters the Hill District Ministers Alliance Candidate Forum at Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion in the Hill District on Monday, April 8, 2013.
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Pittsburgh mayoral candidates Jake Wheatley, Bill Peduto, and Jack Wagner sit amongst the crowd in the pews at at Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion before the mayoral debate at the Hill District Ministers Alliance Candidate Forum in the Hill District on Monday, April 8, 2013.
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Reverend Brian Edmonds of Macedonia Baptist Church in the Hill District listens to questions being posed at the Hill District Ministers Alliance Candidate Forum at Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion in the Hill District on Monday, April 8, 2013. Reverend Edmonds posed questions to the Pittsburgh mayoral candidates as part of the event.
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Reverend Margaret V.L. Tyson of Trinity A.M.E. Church keeps time during the mayoral debate at the Hill District Ministers Alliance Candidate Forum at Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion in the Hill District on Monday, April 8, 2013.
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State Rep. Jake Wheatley speaks during an April 8 mayoral debate at the Hill District Ministers Alliance Candidate Forum at Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion in the Hill District.
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Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Jack Wagner speaks during the mayoral debate at the Hill District Ministers Alliance Candidate Forum at Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion in the Hill District on Monday, April 8, 2013.
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Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Bill Peduto speaks during the mayoral debate at the Hill District Ministers Alliance Candidate Forum at Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion in the Hill District on Monday, April 8, 2013.

Former state auditor general Jack Wagner cast himself on Monday as an experienced consensus builder who has spent the early weeks of his mayoral campaign soaking in advice from academics, business and labor leaders and community advocates in Pittsburgh.

Wagner, 65, of Beechview announced updates to his policy platforms and the formation of jackwagner.org to share his views.

“As mayor, I will bring people together, as I have throughout my whole career, to accomplish big things once again as a city,” Wagner, a former member of Pittsburgh City Council and the state Senate, said in a prepared statement. “We will clean up City Hall so we can begin real progress on the major issues facing all of Pittsburgh — the need for better jobs, better schools and a better quality of life.”

Among his proposals, Wagner said he would use his relationships with elected officials in Harrisburg to restore mass transit funding to Pittsburgh as “a permanent line-item in the state budget” and plans to personally review monthly crime reports so he can put more police in trouble spots.

“Jack has been away from city politics for quite some time,” said Sonya Toler, a spokeswoman for mayoral candidate and City Councilman Bill Peduto, who trails Wagner by 7 percentage points in a Tribune-Review poll. “During that time, Bill Peduto has been in a position where he has been working on reforms to city ethics, prevailing wage, clean air, clean water, debt reduction, we can go on and on.”

Peduto, 48, of Point Breeze, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, 41, of the Hill District, school bus monitor A.J. Richardson, 36, of Sheraden and Wagner are all running in the May 21 primary to replace Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

Wheatley has 4 percent of the voters’ support in the poll and Richardson, 1 percent.

Jeremy Boren is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

is a former freelancer.

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