A voter walks to a polling place in the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
A voter steps from the voting booth after casting a ballot in the Pennsylvania primary in Philadelphia, Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
A poll worker, right, hands a candidate information placard to an arriving voter for the primary election at St. Monica Parish, West Wyoming, Pa., on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
Voters arrive to cast their ballots for the primary election at the Dupont VFW in Dupont, Pa., on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
Former Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, a candidate for Judge of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, holds her daughter, Remington, as she votes in the primary election at the Municipality of Kingston Fire Department, Kingston, Pa., on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
Sonny Concepcion of Millcreek Township casts his vote in the municipal primary, Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at the Belle Valley Social Hall, in Millcreek Township, near Erie, Pa.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto lost his bid for re-election Tuesday as the city took a big step toward electing its first Black chief executive.
Peduto, a Democrat, had been seeking a third term against three primary challengers but instead called to congratulate Ed Gainey, a five-term state representative. “Wishing him well,” Peduto tweeted late Tuesday.
Gainey was all but assured a victory in November in the heavily Democratic city. He had consistently made the campaign about equality for Black and poor residents, and accused Peduto of failing to ensure equity in policing, housing and other areas. At one point, he called Pittsburgh “a tale of two cities.”
“One person can’t change a city. A city is changed when we all come together to improve the quality of life for everybody,” Gainey told supporters late Tuesday.
Statewide, Pennsylvania voters were given the opportunity to limit a governor’s emergency authority — more than a year after Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions drew fierce backlash among legislative Republicans — in an otherwise quiet off-year primary election that also included balloting for an open seat on the state’s highest court.
Voters of all kinds, including independents, were allowed to vote on four ballot questions, including two that stemmed from Republican lawmakers’ dissatisfaction with how Wolf, a Democrat, wielded his authority during the COVID-19 crisis.