Posts Tagged ‘Pittsburgh City Council’

Endorsements 2011 (press release)

April 15, 2011

Democracy for Pittsburgh

Contact: Joy F. Sabl, Meeting Host

(jfsabl”at” gmail “dot” com)


April 15, 2011

Pittsburgh, Pa.–The participating members of Pittsburgh’s Democracy for America chapter, Democracy for Pittsburgh (DFP) just endorsed the following candidates at our April 14th meeting:

  • Darlene Harris, City Council District 1
  • Bruce Kraus, City Council District 3
  • Chris Zurawsky, City Council District 5
  • Lucille Prater-Holliday, Council District 9
  • Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive
  • Alex Bicket, Allegheny Co. Court of Common Pleas

The “do not endorse in this race” option did not win for any seat, though in several races, no one candidate reached the 70% threshold for endorsement.

As always, DFP endorsements require a supermajority vote (≥70%) and allow for ranked voting.  Nonendorsement may imply an absence of good candidates (“do not endorse” is a voting option) or multiple good candidates who split the vote. We do this because we hope that the vast majority of our membership can feel comfortable working for any and all of our endorsed candidates.

Endorsement questions are written / revised in open meetings. Our goal is to learn something about how the candidate thinks, and how they approach a problem when there is no pre-formulated “right answer.”  We reason that in real life, single, simple “right answers” are rare. If you would like to participate, please come join us!

Meeting reminders are posted at and occur monthly, almost always on the third Thursday of every month.

Note that candidates are welcome to submit answers at any point, if they would like to have their responses available on our website.

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Candidate responses and endorsement ballot, 2011 election

March 21, 2011

Responses are still showing up. Any that come in after others have been posted will be tagged with that information; the reader can then judge how much any of the late posts may have been influenced by reading earlier posts.  If there’s no link, there’s no response yet.

City Council District 1

City Council District 3

City Council distict 5 (no incumbent/”Shields seat”)

City Council distict 7

  • Ceoffe
  • Calfo (update: did not file, please don’t vote to endorse him)
  • Dowd (Incumbent) Dowd_2011_DFP

City Council distict 9

  • Prater-Holliday (meetup attendee / member) PraterHolliday_2011_DFP
  • Burgess (Incumbent)
  • Copeland-Mitchell (made contact, responses not yet received)

County Executive

County Controller

Commonwealth Court

Common Pleas

District Judge 5-2-35

Some people on this list may have withdrawn, or be withdrawing. Updates will be made after the withdrawal deadine.  Candidates in uncontested seats (no primary contest) are not listed, unless they send in a response.

If you are aware of additional candidates who’d like to participate whose responses are not up here, or candidates who are not listed, please contact JFSABL “at” gmail “dot” com . I also hope to have time to add links to candidate web pages by 3/26/11, and also to endorsement materials from other organizations.

Ballot and voting instructions

Here is the endorsement ballot, including voting instructions. Two formats, same content. Voting Instructions and ballot DFP 2011.pdf and  Voting Instructions and ballot DFP 2011.doc

There are three ways to vote.

a) classic secret ballot.  Print out a ballot.  Vote.  Do not include any identifying marks on the ballot.  Seal the ballot in an unmarked envelope. Next, put that unmarked envelope in another, larger envelope. Send it to DFP c/o Sabl, 7008 Willard st. Pittsburgh PA 15208.  Make sure to include your SIGNATURE overlapping the flap of this outer envelope.  Make sure it is postmarked by Monday April 11, 2011.

b) for those who say “I don’t care who knows how I voted, make this painless”: you can e-mail your choices to me at, right in the text of the e-mail.  Your e-mail will be printed out, showing your name and e-mail address, for verification of identity.  Then the voting portion will be ripped lose and added to the tally.

c) show up at the mini-meetup which both precedes and follows MoveOn meetup, usual location, noting the unusual date: April 14, not April 21.  The ballots will be tallied there, and that is the absolute last moment to vote.


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