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State Rep. Dan Frankel hosts gun policy hearing in WPU

State Rep. Dan Frankel held a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on gun violence on Friday morning in the William Pitt Union.

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

September 14, 2019

Friday’s meeting, attended by about 20 members of the public, centered on HB1075, a bill that seeks to establish a process for obtaining ERPOs.

Community airs pollution concerns at Strassburger’s listening session

Billy Epting, who lives in Lawrenceville, brought his six-month-old daughter to City Councilperson Erika Strassburger’s community listening session Wednesday.

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 27, 2019

Each speaker was given three minutes at the microphone. They touched on a variety of issues, including electric busing and the Clairton Coke Works plant.

Editorial: Union’s attack on Sonja Finn unnecessary, harms restaurant

Sonja Finn speaks at the District 8 City Council Candidate Debate at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh Feb. 25. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 21, 2018

When Sonja Finn makes her daily trip to open the doors of Dinette — the restaurant she opened in 2008 — she won’t be thinking about the special election race she lost to Erika Strassburger on March 6. She’s more concerned with the union that endorsed Strassburger’s campaign, which may be si...

District 8 candidates promote platforms

District 8 candidates Marty Healey, Sonja Finn, Rennick Remley and Erika Strassburger (from left) introduce themselves during Sunday morning’s District 8 City Council Candidate Debate at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor).

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 26, 2018

For Erika Strassburger, an independent Democratic candidate for District 8, her decision to run is directly tied to the current federal government — she said she saw democracy at risk when President Donald Trump was elected. “I also vowed to myself if I got the opportunity, which I thought would b...

District 8 candidates debate housing, Amazon

The four candidates for Pittsburgh City Council District 8 spoke at a debate at Chatham University Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Grant Burgman | Contributing Editor)

By Grant Burgman | Contributing Editor

January 29, 2018

The corporate relations manager of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre stood on stage at Chatham University Sunday afternoon and sang: “one of these things is not like the other.” Rennick Remley wasn’t rehearsing for an audition, but instead preparing to participate in a debate against one Democrat ...

District 8 candidates continue campaigning

Sonja Finn, Marty Healey and Erika Strassburger (from left) continue to vie for voters’ support in the upcoming March election. (Photos courtesy of each candidate)

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

January 25, 2018

A renowned Pittsburgh chef, an LGBTQ+ advocate and the former chief of staff for Dan Gilman are currently in a race to win a spot on City Council. Gilman stepped down from his position as District 8’s councilman Jan. 3 to become Mayor Bill Peduto’s new chief of staff, triggering a special electio...

Finn wins Democratic nomination for District 8

Sonja Finn confirms her nomination at Chatham University Sunday. (Photo by Elise Lavalle / Contributing Editor)

By Elise Lavallee, Contributing Editor

January 14, 2018

Sonja Finn, 38, was nominated Sunday afternoon to run as the democratic candidate in the District 8 City Council seat special election. With no contest from a republican candidate, Finn is expected to run against Erika Strassburger and Marty Healey in the special election March 6. Though in the past t...

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