Allegheny County’s primary is May 16.
It is too late to register, if you haven’t already done that. It is also too late to switch your voter registration, if you just woke up and realized that you need to be a Democrat in Pittsburgh to vote for mayor. (Don’t shoot the messenger.)
But it’s not too late, registered voters, to confidently strut into your polling place Tuesday, knowing that you’ve at least seen the names of all the candidates that will be on your ballot.
First: Make sure you’re registered.
Then: Double check your polling place and take note of your ward and district number. Why? Because you’ll need that info to check out a sample ballot, by far the simplest way to find out which of the below races you’ll be voting in.
Mayor of City of Pittsburgh
Am I voting in this race? If you are a registered Democrat who lives in Pittsburgh, you have the option to.
Do I have a choice of candidates? Do you ever! You can learn about them by reading our Procrastinator’s Guide to the mayoral race, listening to our hour-long forum with WESA or by scrolling through our archives.
John Welch | Website
Bio in 140 characters: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary dean, doctor of healthcare ethics. Concerned about lead and inequality. Meh toward bike lanes. See ya, Uber!
Allegheny County Sheriff
Am I voting in this race? If you live in Allegheny County and are a registered Democrat, the answer is yes.
Any drama? A little bit. A staffer of Allegheny County Sheriff Bill Mullen accused detective George Satler of lying about Mullen not hiring LGBTQ people or not promoting black people and women, the Post-Gazette reported.
Bill Mullen | Website
Bio in 140 characters: Allegheny County sheriff since 2006 election. From patrol officer to detective to Pittsburgh police dep. chief. Endorsed by county Democrats
George Satler | Website
Bio in 140 characters: Pittsburgh homicide detective. Wants to clear warrant backlog + combat opioid crisis. Dog is cute. Backed by County Treasurer John Weinstein
Pittsburgh City Council
Am I voting in this race? You are if you live in city council districts 2, 4, 6, and 8. (Those of you who live in district 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 will get a chance in 2019.) Find out if you live in one of those districts here.
Do I have a choice of candidates? There is only one competitive race in this year’s primary, for the District 4 seat, which you can read thousands of words about here.
Bio in 140 characters: A constituent-focused incumbent. A mother of millennials. A booster for District 2. Regular meeting attendee. Your only choice, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Any drama in District 4? You bet. Anthony Coghill accused his rival Asheligh Deemer of being in the pockets of developers who she accepted donations from, the Post-Gazette reported. But, according to emails, Coghill’s campaign also solicited donations from those developers.
Ashleigh Deemer | Website
Bio in 140 characters: Chief of staff to Natalia Rudiak. Loves her job. Pre-K and childcare focused. Wants to get things done. Endorsed by Wagner, Gross and unions
Bio in 140 characters: Two-term incumbent. Affordable housing and trust fund champion. URA board member. Lives in the Hill District. Your only choice, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Allegheny County Council
Am I voting in the race? Only Pittsburghers who vote in District 12 will get to cast a ballot this time around. Find out if you live in that district using this map.
Am I voting in this race? Only if you live in school districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. Find out if you do using this tool.
Do I have a choice of candidates? Not if you live in District 1, where the incumbent is running unopposed, or District 7, where the only opponent dropped out.
Joseph Conrad Kearfott Burns
Withdrew from the race, but his name will still appear on the ballot.
Did not respond to The Incline questionnaire | A+ Schools questionnaire
Judges, judges and more judges
How many of these races am I voting in? If you live in Allegheny County, the answer is — all of them. Depending on your political affiliation, you may or may not have a choice of candidate depending on the race.
Justice of the Supreme Court (Pick one)
Judge of the Superior Court (Pick four)
Judge of the Commonwealth Court (Pick two)
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas (Pick two)
Patrick Connelly: Highly Recommended by the Allegheny County Bar Association
Rosemary Crawford: Highly Recommended by the Allegheny County Bar Association
Jessica Lynch: Not Recommended by the Allegheny County Bar Association
Mary C. McGinley: Recommended by the Allegheny County Bar Association
David Lee Spurgeon: Highly Recommended by the Allegheny County Bar Association