A Pittsburgh Post Gazette editorial published in today’s paper highlights the fact that new faces in local government will not be the only changes that come out of this year’s primary election season.
The editorial praises Councilman Bill Peduto for his willingness to take action and push for campaign finance reform during the opportune moment. Voters are paying attention now more than any other time of the year to the actions of their elected officials, which means that Councilman Peduto’s push for campaign finance reform was not unnoticed by the residents of Pittsburgh. With the Mayor facing challengers in the upcoming election, Councilman Peduto chose the right moment to push for reform, and his efforts were successful.
The reforms passed in Pittsburgh City Council last Tuesday could not have happened without those that spoke out in support of change. Thank you to everyone who called, emailed and wrote to Council Members. This bill would not have passed without the army of supporters that fought for it. Councilman Peduto’s re-election campaign has worked to build the largest field army for reform in the City of Pittsburgh, and will continue to work to empower citizens through information and technology. Everyone, especially those who worked to make it happen, should be celebrating this victory!
The blogosphere weighed in on the importance of this vote in local politics – Chris Schultz’s from “Thoughts on government… and other stuff” had this to say.