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Pittsburgh elects its first Black mayor, who campaigned on the need for equality and inclusion logo 11/3/2021 Paul Vigna,

Democrat Ed Gainey became the first Black mayor of Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

A five-term state House member who was born and raised in the city, he beat retired Pittsburgh police officer Tony Moreno in the election.

Once the outcome was announced, he shouted to a crowd of cheering supporters a message of unity and that they were “one city, one Pittsburgh,” according to The Associated Press.

As of shortly after midnight, Gainey led by more than 28,000 votes and had a 71% to 29% lead over Moreno, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. About 97% of in-person precincts had been counted along with many of the almost 100,000 mail-in ballots, the Post-Gazette reported.

The Associated Press called the race for the Democrat a few minutes before 10 p.m.

“Look at the image we are showing our children,” Gainey said to the crowd at the downtown Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. “I want our children to see a city for all of them,” The Associated Press reported.

Gainey, 51, will succeed Bill Peduto, a two-term mayor whom he beat in May’s primary.

He had consistently made his campaign about equality for Black and poor residents, and accused Peduto of failing to ensure equity in policing, housing and other areas. At one point, he called Pittsburgh “a tale of two cities,” according to The Associated Press.


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