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May 4 2011 Pittsburgh City Paper

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Now thru May 8th CELEBRATE THE MOMS IN YOUR LIFE FREE GET A EARRINGS PAIR OF EARS TO YOU! ★ CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 7 ★ In 2007, Patrick Dowd defeated a well-connected, party-endorsed incumbent. And although Tony Ceoffe Jr. is a first-time candidate, he’s the son of a district magistrate and neighborhood fixture. The district encompasses eastern neighborhoods from the Strip District to East Liberty. EASTERN SHOWDOWN TONY CEOFFE JR. Ceoffe, 26, of Lawrenceville, worked for the state Department of Labor and Industry before recently resigning to run for council. He serves on the board of directors for Lawrenceville United, which his father once ran, and chairs the 6th Democratic Committee. Ward He’s concerned about the more than $100,000 paid by the city in the past 12 months to settle lawsuits arising from actions by off-duty police. “It’s a very fuzzy line — when is an officer representing the city and when are they not — and it needs to be addressed.” Ceoffe says the city needs to “focus on what type of development will best fit” the vacant brewery site. “Right now it’s just sitting there stale, and for it to remain undeveloped would be unfortunate.” PATRICK DOWD Dowd, a former history teacher from Highland Park, was elected to Pittsburgh City Council in 2007, without the party’s endorsement, after one term on Pittsburgh Public Schools board. He ran for mayor in 2009, he says, to force the unchallenged Luke Ravenstahl to “talk about the issues and face some tough questions.” Although some positives came out of a previous federal consent decree governing police discipline, Dowd says further oversight isn’t needed. “I think better manage- ment of the police bureau is the answer because [it] means more accountability to the public.” Purchase any Brighton necklace and bracelet and you can choose any pair of Brighton earrings* *Limited to stock on hand. Charm jewelry Necklace & Bracelet must be purchased in the same transaction. Prior purchases excluded. Dowd says the district’s councilor must ensure that “owners of that property understand [the brew- ery’s] historic significance and its contemporary importance. That property is at the nexus of a whole bunch of great neighborhoods … and it is the next great develop- ment site in the city of Pittsburgh, and we need an owner that knows and respects that.” Pledges to resolve friction between the mayor and council: “[I]f we’re going to move forward as a city, we have to have an administration and a council willing to work together.” Despite rumors that his campaign is part of a mayoral effort to retake control of council, Ceoffe stresses his independence. TRY IT ON Shadyside • 412.681.8188 | South Side Works • 412.488.8008 www.RobertaWeissburgLeathers.com 14 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER 05.04/05.11.2011 Ceoffe is endorsed by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, Pa. Coalition of Young Democrats, various Teamsters locals and the Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania. Dowd boasts of having worked both with and against just about every other official in government. He was, for example, a fierce opponent of Darlene Harris’ run for the council presidency — but later joined with her successful effort to oppose Ravenstahl’s attempt to privatize public parking lots. Dowd has been endorsed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, United Mine Workers of America, Pittsburgh Firefighters Union and the Allegheny County Labor Council. CONTINUES ON PG. 16 FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS PLAYING WELL WITH OTHERS WHAT TO DO WITH IRON CITY SITE? ACCOUNTABILITY POLICE BIO CANDIDATE

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