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Friday, January 29, 2021
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BROOKLINE, PA, MOBILITY ADVOCATE CONNOR MULVANEY ANNOUNCES RUN FOR DISTRICT 4, PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL
PITTSBURGH, PA | Organizer and mobility advocate Connor Mulvaney announced his intent to run for Pittsburgh City Council’s District 4 seat on January 29. The 27-year-old Brookline resident will be seeking the nomination of the Green Party with plans to appear on the ballot for the 2021 general election.
“The most important issue we face is preparing to heal from this pandemic while we figure out how we will prevent District 4 and the City of Pittsburgh from falling victim to similar crises again. We must build resilience in ways that are meaningful for peoples' everyday lives, such as keeping our streets safe and clear, keeping the lights on, and ensuring our families are fed and in good health. We can do all of this and more with a bold approach to policy,” said Mr. Mulvaney.
He aims to make equitable urban planning and affordable mass transit expansion priorities if elected to office and believes it is currently too difficult for many city residents to get food, medical care, or social contact.
“We can be more assertive of our public transit infrastructure with more dedicated bus lanes or bike lanes, and really start to recenter our city around mobility for people to safely get around in the way that they choose instead of only the way that poor urban planning of the 20th century has chosen for them,” Mr. Mulvaney explained.
Mr. Mulvaney recognized the importance of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and economic depression, especially since both have led the city to the edge of a budget crisis compounding numerous existing issues.
He seeks to reverse cuts that have been made to the critical Departments of Equity and Inclusion, Public Works and Mobility, and Infrastructure, arguing city residents’ tax dollars should be prioritized on strengthening the services and infrastructure neighborhoods need.
“Projects and maintenance are being delayed, and we need to plan for how we will address the most immediate impacts such as snow removal or emergency repairs in the coming year,” Mr. Mulvaney asserted.
Other focuses of Mr. Mulvaney’s campaign will include tackling water and air pollution and strengthening the protections of renters and homeowners against predatory developers. He wants to make sure everyone in District 4 will be prepared to face the uncertainties of the 21st century together.
“Our city must heal interpersonally and spiritually, but also materially. It's well documented that Pittsburgh is not the most livable city for everyone, but we can't shrug our shoulders and say we'll do better. We have the means to be better right now, all we need is the will to accept the responsibility of the institutions we inherit and the insistence on doing what is right,” Mr. Mulvaney said.
Mr. Mulvaney is currently a union laborer and civic organizer. He has a bachelor’s degree from Point Park University and a Master’s in Sustainability from Chatham University. His research and organizing work for Re-Imagine! Beaver County focuses on sustainable development in Southwestern Pennsylvania that creates more equitable and resilient communities.
More information about Connor Mulvaney’s Campaign for Pittsburgh City Council can be found at https://www.connor4pgh.com. To volunteer for Mulvaney’s Campaign, please visit https://www.connor4pgh.com/get-involved.
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