It has been an exciting week. I have taken the first step necessary to run for Mayor in 2013 and I wanted to share some exciting news and introduce you to part of the team that will help us build the New Pittsburgh that we all know is possible. I want to thank you for all of the support, inspiration, and friendship that you have shown me over the years. It is you, my closest friends and supporters, who have made this week’s step possible and I will need your help — more than ever — in the coming months. I want to thank Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald who took the first step and contributed $8,000 to our new campaign. His email of support is below. To understand how this week’s actions have changed the political landscape of Pittsburgh, be sure to read these articles in the Post-Gazette, the Tribune-Review and the City Paper.
Today, Bill Peduto filed the paperwork necessary to make him eligible to run for Mayor of Pittsburgh. Although he has not officially announced that he will run, I am honored to be the first to donate the maximum amount allowed by law to his campaign.
Allegheny County Executive
Cecile Springer, People for Peduto Chair
I am honored to have Cecile Springer as the Chair of our new committee. She is someone I have known for many years and have respected as long as I have been in public service. Cecile has devoted her life and career to social and economic justice, ethical leadership, and community service. Through her work in both the public and private sectors, she has earned distinction in the fields of chemistry, regional land use planning, environmental analysis, and advanced energy technologies. Graduating from Wellesley College with a master’s degree in chemistry in 1954, Cecile began her career as a research chemist for Bristol Meyers. In 1970 she took a position as a principal planner for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. In 1971, Cecile earned a second master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and in 1974 became the national spokesperson for the Westinghouse Corporation’s Advanced Energy Systems Division. In 1978 she went on to become president of the Westinghouse Foundation, providing grants for community development, strategic planning, and energy development. In 1989, Cecile formed her own firm, Springer Associates, to continue working on strategic planning and development with communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania and around the country.
Cecile has served on many boards and committees, including the Pittsburgh chapter of Advancing Science in America, Women and Girls Foundation of SWPA, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, City Theatre Company, University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association (President), University of Pittsburgh GSPIA Board of Visitors, The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and the Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Cecile has received many awards and commendations for her distinguished service, including the National Conference for Community Justice Brotherhood/Sisterhood award, National Association of Social Workers Public Citizen of the Year award, Distinguished Daughter of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Hispanic Society of Engineers and Scientists Professional Excellence award, YWCA Tribute to Women in Business and Industry honoree, Carlow University Woman of Spirit, University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureate (the highest alumni award given by the university), and New Pittsburgh Courier Woman of Excellence.
Debbie Lestitian, People for Peduto Treasurer
I had the honor of getting to know Debbie through our work on the Pittsburgh Stadium Authority. She impressed me with her knowledge, her commitment to improving Pittsburgh and her courage to do what is right. Debbie Lestitian has over 20 years of experience in law, finance, and public service. Her clients have ranged from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit organizations to family-owned businesses. She is a lifelong Southwestern Pennsylvanian who received her BA in accounting from Washington and Jefferson College in 1987 and her JD from Duquesne University School of Law in 1993. Debbie has worked for a number of top Pittsburgh firms including Deloitte & Touche, Katz Ferarro McMurtry, Rothman Gordon, and Lestitian Law. She currently serves as the assistant treasurer for Carnegie Mellon University.
Debbie was appointed to the Pittsburgh Stadium Authority Board by former Mayor Bob O’Connor in 2006 and served as Chair from 2006 to 2009. She is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a longtime member of the 19th Ward Democratic Committee and a strong supporter of Democrats at every level of government from City Councilmember Natalia Rudiak to State Senator Wayne D. Fontana, as well as State House Democratic Nominee Erin Molchany. Debbie lives in Brookline with her husband Bill, a former Member of County Council, and their two children.
We need your help. We need you to join our team. We can change Pittsburgh and create a government that we can all be proud to support. But, it takes a team effort.
Please join the coalition to build a New Pittsburgh by clicking on the links below. On Monday, we will open the doors of our new Finance Campaign Headquarters in the Strip District. It only takes a minute to be part of the team and join us:
Thank you for your support.