First Pittsburgh Mayoral Debate

Why didn’t I know about this?

Candidates for Pittsburgh mayor offered their visions for a revitalized Fifth and Forbes retail corridor Downtown yesterday and agreed that the city’s 50 percent parking tax had to be scaled back, though they clashed on exactly how.

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Weinroth joined Democrats Bob O’Connor, Michael Lamb, and William Peduto at the Omni William Penn Hotel for a forum sponsored by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. A fourth Democratic candidate, Les Ludwig, was not invited.

The biggest news from this event was that they ALL agreed to cut the parking tax.

The major contenders in the Democratic primary, former City Councilman Bob O’Connor, City Councilman William Peduto, and Allegheny County Prothonotary Michael Lamb — plus Republican candidate Joe Weinroth — all committed to work toward rolling the tax back to 31 percent, although they differed on how cash-strapped Pittsburgh might go about replacing the revenue.

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