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Joe Sestak (courier File Photo)

Joe Sestak (courier File Photo)


Ed Gainey overwhelmingly endorsed for PA House District 24 over two other candidates

The 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club has endorsed Joe Sestak for US Senate, mirroring statewide polling giving the retired US Navy Admiral two-to-one margins over both former PA DEP Secretary Katie McGinty and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman.

At its annual endorsement meeting today the club also selected Mike Doyle to represent District 14 in the US House of Representatives. Mr. Doyle faces opposition in the April 26 primary election from CADA Programs founder Janice C. Brooks.

PA Rep. Ed Gainey also faces opposition in the April primary from Todd Elliott Koger and William Anderson. Mr. Gainey addresses a range of statewide and urban issues to club members at its annual  endorsement election forum.

In a three-way race for the Democratic nomination for PA Attorney General, Philadelphia District Attorney Josh Shapiro was endorsed by the Pittsburgh 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club membership.

With more than 18,000 registered Democrats, the 14th Ward is the largest ward in the City of Pittsburgh and second largest in the state.  The Ward includes all or part of Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, North Point Breeze, Regent Square, Park Place, and Swisshelm Park.

The Club, which is not affiliated with the Democratic Committee of Allegheny County, is the oldest independent Democratic club in the country and has made annual candidate endorsements for 52 years.  Its endorsements are printed in a Voters’ Guide and mailed to Democratic voters in the ward.  The endorsements are also posted at the club’s website http://www.pgh14widc.org

The Club’s open endorsement process allows members to hear candidates present their positions before casting their votes for the office seekers who best match their values.

Here is the club’s full slate of endorsed candidates:

  • US Senate: Joe Sestak
  • US House of Representatives: Mike Doyle
  • PA Attorney General: Josh Shapiro
  • PA Auditor General: Eugene A. De Pasquale
  • PA Treasurer: Joe Torsella
  • PA Senate District 43: Jay Costa
  • PA General Assembly, District 23: Dan Frankel
  • PA General Assembly, District 24: Ed Gainey
  • PA General Assembly, District 34: Paul Costa


The club’s members also voted yes on the ballot question to amend the PA Constitution to raise the mandatory retirement age to 75 for judges in Pennsylvania.

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