Pittsburgh Mayoral Race 2017

The Big List of when and where you can meet Pittsburgh’s mayoral candidates

Get some face time with Darlene Harris, Bill Peduto and John Welch ahead of the May 16 primary.

Mayor Bill Peduto, Rev. John C. Welch and Councilwoman Darlene Harris during a mayoral debate in Shadyside.

Mayor Bill Peduto, Rev. John C. Welch and Councilwoman Darlene Harris during a mayoral debate in Shadyside.

Jasmine Goldband / The Incline
MJ Slaby

Updated, 2:52 p.m. May 9

There’s less than a month to decide — who should be the Democratic candidate for mayor of Pittsburgh and run unopposed in November?

To make sure you can ask your questions of the candidates (yes, you!), The Incline has pulled together a list of mayoral debates, forums and campaign events before the May 16 primary, where you can see councilmember Darlene Harris, incumbent Mayor Bill Peduto and Rev. John Welch.

If you want to add the events to your calendar, subscribe to The Incline’s Decision 2017 Google Calendar. Bonus: It’s the same calendar we launched in the fall before the presidential election, so if you’re already subscribed, no need to to sign up again.

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We’ll keep updating the calendar as we hear about more events. Let us know if we’ve missed one: tips@theincline.com.

Debates and forums

Watch the candidates in a live TV debate

WTAE partnered with The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh for a live TV debate. The event will air commercial-free on WTAE and will be streamed live online. It will air again at 5 p.m. Saturday on WTAE.

Where: on WTAE

When: April 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Ask questions with the Beltzhoover Consensus Group

The Beltzhoover Consensus Group is hosting a forum for residents to meet the candidates.

Where: McKinley Center at 900 Delmont St. (Beltzhoover)

When: April 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


PublicSource interviews Peduto on Facebook Live

PublicSource will interview Mayor Bill Peduto on Facebook Live and will also interview the two other Democratic candidates for mayor the same way in the coming weeks.

Where: PublicSource Facebook Page

When: April 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Five community groups are hosting this forum

This mayoral discussion is hosted by the Black Political Empowerment Project, the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, the W. Pa. Black Political Assembly and Pittsburgh Justice Collaborative.

Where: First Unitarian Church at 605 Morewood Ave. (Shadyside)

When: April 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


Hear candidates’ views on hunger and poverty

Candidates will answer questions about their plans and goals around healthy food access and economic equality. Pittsburgh Food Policy Council and Just Harvest are hosting.

Where: Brookline Teen Outreach at 520 Brookline Blvd. (Brookline)

When: May 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


PublicSource interviews Harris on Facebook Live

PublicSource will interview city council member and mayoral candidate Darlene Harris on Facebook Live.

Where: PublicSource Facebook page

When: May 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Hear the candidates discuss business in Pittsburgh

Hear from mayoral candidates, as well as city and county council candidates. Bring your questions about small business advancement and economic development. RSVP by May 1.

Where: Rivers Club at 301 Grant St.; Suite 411 (Downtown)

When: May 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Hear what candidates want for young people in Pittsburgh

Listen to the candidates' policies and visions, and ask questions at this forum followed by a reception and civic engagement fair. The event is hosted by PUMP, Urban League Young Professionals, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School for Public and International Affairs, WESA/WYEP Generation Listen, and The Pittsburgh Spot.

Where: Rodef Shalom Congregation at 4905 Fifth Ave. (Shadyside)

When: May 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: Online registration required


PublicSource interviews Welch on Facebook Live

PublicSource will interview mayoral candidate Rev. John Welch on Facebook Live.

Where: PublicSource Facebook page

When: May 5, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Pittsburgh Mayoral Race 2017

Mayoral Forum presented by The Incline and 90.5 WESA

Hear Democratic mayoral hopefuls Darlene Harris, Bill Peduto and John Welch discuss their plans for Pittsburgh. This forum will be moderated by The Incline's Sarah Anne Hughes and WESA's Mark Nootbaar. Doors open at 6:30 and close at 6:55 due to broadcast.

Where: Community Broadcast Center at 67 Bedford Square (South Side Flats)

When: May 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Continue the conversation after hearing from mayoral candidates

Can’t make it to The Incline and WESA's mayoral forum tonight? Want to continue the conversation? Listen live on 90.5 FM and then join us at Local Bar + Kitchen (upstairs) for an after-party from 8 to 10 p.m. featuring $3 domestic draft beers and $6 flatbreads.

Where: Local Bar + Kitchen at 1515 East Carson St. (South Side Flats)

When: May 9, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Candidate town hall with Fierce: Pittsburgh and Southwest Pa.

Mayoral candidates and others running in the primary election will answer questions in a town hall format.

Where: The Shop - Homewood at 621 N. Dallas Ave. (Homewood)

When: May 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Campaign events

Volunteer and meet candidates endorsed by the Democratic committee

Attend the first Democratic Volunteer Summit to join community groups that formed in response to President Trump and the GOP agenda. Meet the candidates endorsed by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, including incumbent Mayor Bill Peduto. The event is open to registered Democrats in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Where: IBEW Local 5 at 5 Hot Metal St. (South Side)

When: April 23, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

How much: Registration required


Welch stops at Sunnyside Elementary School

Learn more about Welch's One Pittsburgh! vision at this campaign stop.

Where: Sunnyside Elementary School at 4801 Stanton Ave. (Stanton Heights)

When: April 24, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.


Wednesdays with Welch

Stop by to meet John Welch at his campaign headquarters on Wednesdays. (This event was canceled for May 3 and 10 due to the forum schedule, per Welch's campaign.)

Where: Welch campaign headquarters at 5112 Penn Ave. (Garfield)

When: April 26, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.