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Poised To Become Pittsburgh's Next Mayor, Ed Gainey Begins Meeting With Local Leaders

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Ed Gainey has already been meeting with local leaders as he prepares to begin what will most likely be his new role as mayor of Pittsburgh in 2022; KDKA's Kristine Sorensen reports.

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- Ed Gainey has already been meeting with local leaders as he prepares to begin what will likely be his new job as mayor of Pittsburgh next year. Gainey won the Democratic nomination for mayor last month and is expected to win in the November election.

Kristine Sorensen talked with Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald, who will work closely with Gainey if and when he takes office.

KRISTINE SORENSEN: The voters spoke with their ballots, saying they wanted someone new to lead Pittsburgh. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says he's had a good working relationship with Ed Gainey over his five terms as state representative, and he's optimistic about his leadership of the city.

RICH FITZGERALD: I've been impressed with the fact is, after the election, he's reached out to a whole lot of people, you know, wanting to-- you know, understanding that people were supportive of the current administration, but he's reaching out to-- to make sure that we're a city that-- that comes together and is all working together.

KRISTINE SORENSEN: Fitzgerald had a close relationship with Mayer Bill Peduto, and they worked together on many fronts. He believes we'll look back on Peduto's eight years in office as an important period in the city's history, especially when you look at communities like East Liberty, Lawrenceville, and the Hill District.

RICH FITZGERALD: We'll look back on it as historic. I mean, we've-- we've seen so many changes, and positive changes, growth and opportunities in neighborhoods that we never saw before.

KRISTINE SORENSEN: Fitzgerald says the historic nature of Gainey's likely election as the first Black mayor of Pittsburgh is also significant from a symbolic standpoint.

RICH FITZGERALD: I think that sends a signal to other parts of the community and even to other parts of the country that-- that Pittsburgh is-- is changing and is a welcoming city for-- for people of all colors.

KRISTINE SORENSEN: Fitzgerald says Pittsburgh and this region has not always had a good reputation for race relations, and he's hoping Gainey's leadership will change that. I'm Kristine Sorensen, KDKA News.