For the 13th year, Talk Magazine held the Pa. Black Community Network Conference and Pa. Black Community Candidates’ Forum. Black Leaders from around the state gathered to ponder issues and hear candidates.
Montgomery County Commissioner Chair Josh Shapiro and Allegheny County District Attorney Steven Zappala, both candidates for Pennsylvania Attorney General attended the weekend gatherings along with Braddock Mayor John Fetterman running for the Pa. United States Senate seat now held by Pat Toomey along with Major supporters of the Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty campaigns for US Senate and surrogates for the presidential candidates answered questions posed by leaders of the Black community. Several hundred from around the state attended. This is the third year in a row it was held in Pittsburgh.
“The prime issue each presidential candidate wants to make to the Black community is who will be best for the Black community. For some, it doesn’t come down to who can promise more, but does the voter trust the candidate with the most impressive resume or the candidate that isn’t beholden to wealthy donors. A large reason why there was a downturn in steel manufacturing was bad trade deals,” Benjamin Jealous, a surrogate for Bernie Sanders said in relation to Black Pittsburgh.