2017 Primary Election Voter Guide

VOTE ???The following candidates attended our May 2 Mayoral Debate and Candidates Forum about key hunger and poverty policies that they will likely make decisions if elected in the May 16 Primary.

These are not all the candidates who will be on the ballot in Allegheny County. We invited only the candidates who 1) will have the ability to influence whether hunger and poverty policy in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (so state courts, local judicial, and Allegheny County Sheriff candidates were not invited); and 2) will be facing an opponent within their party in the upcoming primary election (i.e. the voter has a choice in party candidates).

Just Harvest is a non-partisan organization; we do not endorse candidates. This information is for education only. We have provided video or audio of the candidate statements at the forum when possible.

Please Note: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board Director Terry Kennedy did not attend the forum but submitted a statement, which you can find below. Pittsburgh Public Schools Board Director for District 7, Cynthia Falls, attended the forum but is no longer facing a challenger in this election. (Her opponent, Conrad Burns, withdrew but his name will still be on the ballot). We unfortunately do not have video of Cynthia’s appearance and she did not submit a statement for this guide. Finally, neither Pittsburgh Public School Board Director Carolyn Klug nor her challenger, Veronica Edwards, attended the forum or submitted a statement for this guide.

Mayoral Candidates

May 2, 2017 Pittsburgh Mayoral Debate Pittsburgh 2017 Primary Election Mayoral candidates talk hunger and poverty - Just Harvest and Pittsburgh Food Policy Council held a debate among Pittsburgh’s three candidates for mayor: Bill Peduto, Darlene Harris, and John Welch.

Pittsburgh City Council District 4 Candidates

City Council District 4 candidates Ashleigh Deemer and Anthony Coghill at our May 2 Candidates Forum on Hunger and Poverty 2017 Primary Election: City Council District 4 Candidates - Anthony Coghill and Ashleigh Deemer fielded three questions about hunger and poverty at our May 2 Candidates Forum.

Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Directors District 5 Candidates

James Myers Jr. and Sala Udin, Candidates for Pittsburgh Public Schools Dist. 3 Board of Directors at our May 2 Candidates Forum on Hunger and Poverty 2017 Primary Election: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Directors, District 3 - The two candidates — James Myers, Jr. and Sala Udin — answered the following question as part of a voter education event for the May 16, 2017 Primary Election: How would you improve the well-being of low-income Pittsburgh children?
Terry Kennedy, candidate for PPS Board District 5 2017 Primary Election: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Directors, District 5 - Terry Kennedy, one of the two candidates, answered the following question for the May 16, 2017 Primary Election: How would you improve the well-being of low-income Pittsburgh children?
Ghadah Makoshi, candidate for PPS Board District 5 2017 Primary Election: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Directors, District 5 - Ghadah Makoshi, one of the two candidates, answered the following question as part of a voter education event for the May 16, 2017 Primary Election: How would you improve the well-being of low-income Pittsburgh children?

Allegheny County Council District 12 Candidates

Bob Palmosina and James Ellenbogen, Candidates for Allegheny County Council Dist. 12 at our May 2 Candidates Forum on Hunger and Poverty Primary Election: Allegheny County Council District 12 - The two Democratic candidates — incumbent James Ellenbogen and challenger Bob Palmosina — answered the following question as part of a voter education event for the May 16, 2017 Primary Election: How will you address food insecurity and hunger in your district?