Donald Trump campaign event in Ambridge.

Donald Trump campaign event in Ambridge.

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These are the Pittsburgh-area pols up for reelection in 2017, 2018

Already ready for the next go ’round?

MJ Slaby

Updated 2:51 p.m. April 10

Republicans swept it on election night.

Not only did Donald Trump win the White House, but the GOP kept the majority in the U.S. House and Senate, too. And in Pennsylvania, Republicans made gains on their House and Senate majorities. It’s the largest Republican majority for state reps since 1957-58 and for state senators since 1949-1950, the Post-Gazette reported.

For some Pittsburghers, fears grew in the early morning hours after the election. There were protests and gatherings across the city.

At an Emergency Meeting: Let’s Unite to Stop President Trump on the night after the election, organizer Dan Moraff spoke about independent political organizing, saying the Democratic party had failed. Political organizing was also something attendees were asked to talk to each other about during the meeting.

This year is a big year for the city, with a mayoral race and that of four of the nine city council members. And in 2018, it’s back to casting ballots for national and state positions, including Gov. Tom Wolf’s seat.


2017 — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (D)

  • Update, Dec. 12: Bill Peduto wants to keep being Pittsburgh’s mayor, and Councilwoman Darlene Harris is considering running.
  • Update, Jan. 10: Previous mayoral candidate Les Ludwig says he’ll run again. (But he didn’t file election petitions by the March 7 deadline.)
  • Update, Jan. 18: Rev. John Welch tells the Post-Gazette that he plans to launch his candidacy Jan. 21.
  • Update, March 7: Harris files election petitions to run for mayor.

2017 — City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (D —District 2 aka Banksville; Beechview; Chartiers City; Crafton Heights; Mt. Washington and Duquesne Heights; East Carnegie; Elliott; Esplen; Fairywood; Oakwood and Ridgemont; South Shore; Sheraden; West End; Westwood and Windgap)

  • Update, Jan. 3: Kail-Smith confirms to the Tribune-Review that she’ll run for reelection.

2017 — City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak (D — District 4 aka Beechview; Bon Air; Brookline; Carrick; Overbrook; and McKinley Park)

  • Update, Dec. 22: Natalia Rudiak tells the PG that she will not run, opening up a possible four-way race between Anthony Coghill, Ashleigh Deemer, Tony Griffith and Jim Sheppard.
  • Update, Jan 3: Ashleigh Deemer and Tony Griffith have entered the race.
  • Update, Jan. 30: Jim Sheppard and Tony Griffith drop out of the race and say they support Coghill.
  • Update, March 7: In addition to Deemer and Coghill, Democrats Gary McBurney and Mark Johnson, as well as Republican Cletus Cibrone-Abate, file papers to run, per the PG.
  • Update, March 14: McBurney drops out and throws support to Coghill, per the Trib.
  • Update, March 22: Allegheny County Judge Joseph James removes Johnson from the ballot for not having enough petition signatures, per the PG.

2017 — City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle (D — District 6 aka Perry Hilltop; Hill District; North Side; Uptown; Downtown and Oakland)

2017 — City Councilman Daniel Gilman (D — District 8 aka Shadyside; Squirrel Hill; Oakland and Point Breeze)

  • Update, Jan. 3: Gilman confirms to the Tribune-Review that he will run again.

Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Directors

2017 — First Vice President Sylvia Wilson (District 1 aka East Hills; Friendship; Homewood; Larimer; Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar; North Point Breeze; Regent Square and parts of East Liberty, Point Breeze-Park Place and Shadyside)

2017 — Board rep Thomas Sumpter (D — District 3 aka Bedford Dwellings; Crawford-Roberts; East Liberty; Garfield; Middle Hill; Sugartop; Terrace Village and Upper Hill District and parts of Bloomfield; Oakland and Stanton Heights)

  • Update, Jan. 6: Sumpter says he won’t run for re-election, and Sala Udin enters the race, per the Post-Gazette.
  • Update, March 7: James Myers Jr. files papers to run, as well. 

2017 — Board rep Terry Kennedy (District 5 aka Central Oakland; South Oakland; Glen Hazel; Greenfield; Hays; Hazelwood; Lincoln Place; New Homestead; Southside; Summerset at Frick Park; Swisselm Park and parts of Squirrel Hill)

2017 — Board rep Cynthia Falls (District 7 aka Allentown; Arlington; Bon Air; Carrick; Knoxville; Mt. Oliver; Overbrook; Southside Flats; Southside Slopes and St. Clair)

2017 — Board rep Carolyn Klug (District 9 aka Brighton Heights; Chartiers City; Crafton Heights; East Carnegie; Elliot; Esplen; Fairywood; Oakwood; Marshall-Shadeland; Perry Hilltop; Ridgemont; Sheraden; Summer Hill; West End; Westwood; Windgap and parts of Northside)

*Wilson, Kennedy, Klug and Falls cross-filed as both Republican and Democrat in the last school board race in 2013. 


2017 — Sheriff William P. Mullen (D)

  • Update, Dec. 22: William Mullen announces he’ll run again, per the PG.
  • Update, March 3: Pittsburgh homicide Detective George Satler is also running, per the PG.

2017 — Councilman James Ellenbogen (D — District 12 aka Beechview; Brookline; Carrick; Chartiers; Corliss; Crafton Heights; Esplen; Knoxville; Mt. Washington; Overbrook; West End; Westwood in Pittsburgh, as well as Dormont; Green Tree; Ingram; Mount Oliver and Rosslyn Farms boroughs outside of the city)

*Only officials that represent parts or all of Pittsburgh were included.


2018 — Gov. Tom Wolf (D)

  • Update, March 7: Tom Wolf says he’s running again in a PennLive Editorial Board meeting.

2018 — Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R — District 38)

2018 — Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D — District 42)

2018 — Rep. Jake Wheatley Jr. (D — District 19)

2018 —Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (D — District 20)

2018 — Rep. Dom Costa (D — District 21)

2018 — Rep. Dan Frankel (D — District 23)

2018 — Rep. Ed Gainey (D — District 24)

2018 — Rep. Daniel J. Deasy (D — District 27)

*Yes, you did just see one of these state reps on your ballot Tuesday. But their terms last just two years, so their seats will be back up for grabs in 2018.


2018 — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D — Pa.)

  • Update, Feb 10: Pa. State Rep. Rick Saccone, (R-Elizabeth Township) announced he’s running, per the PG.
  • Update, April 10: State Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) announced he’s running, per the PG. 

2018 — U.S. Rep. Michael Doyle (D — Pittsburgh)

2018 — U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R — Brentwood)

2018 — U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus (R — Oakmont)

  • Update, April 3: Democrat Tom Prigg, a CMU brain researcher, enters the race, per the PG.

*Once again, yes, you did just vote or not vote for these reps, but their terms are two years.

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated when Councilwoman Darlene Harris’s term ends. It ends in 2019. Terry Kennedy’s title was also incorrectly listed. She is a Pittsburgh Public Schools board rep.


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