I have always known that I wanted to create change.
I am a lifelong resident of Allegheny County, born and raised in the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I attended St. Catherine’s School and then went on to South Hills Catholic and Seton LaSalle High School. After high school, I attended and graduated from Penn State University. I then continued my education by earning a Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and then a Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University’s School of Law.
I grew up with service in mind, largely because of my mother. She would say “look around, there is always something you can do.” For me, service was, and is, about empowering people to help themselves and each other. But it is also about creating common-sense systems that just work better.
After college, I helped students access financial aid to attend college and then worked as an attorney where I fought to create more equitable outcomes for people who had no voice of their own. I saw how institutional discrimination prevents many people from getting a fair shake from the government, from harsher sentencing for black individuals to bitter custody battles for same-sex couples, years before same-sex marriage was enshrined into law.
Wanting to be more involved in my community I worked on campaigns across Allegheny County. Including the campaign for Home Rule that expanded the voices of Allegheny County residents through an elected County Council and Executive. I then campaigned for the effort to consolidate the County row offices, including getting rid of my own job as Allegheny County Prothonotary because it was the right thing to do.
As Pittsburgh’s controller for the past 15 years, I’ve focused my energy on looking for opportunities to make city government more transparent and efficient, closing tax loopholes used by large companies, and helping a distressed Pittsburgh government on a road toward financial stability.
As your county executive, I will continue to bring transparency to government and ensure that large organizations pay their fair share, but I will also do more.
- I will fight to improve our community for everyone, from our seniors to our youngest residents.
- I will work to make historic investments in our infrastructure and fight to improve our water and air quality.
- I will make sure Allegheny County isn’t known for how terribly we treat people in our county jail, but for how we create opportunities for those who have made mistakes.
- I will make sure people feel safe in their neighborhoods, including downtown.
- Our county-led economic development efforts will be comprehensive and focused on accessibility to transportation, good-paying jobs, and making sure we have affordable housing for our residents.
- I will not just replace the old with the new, but build a new era of transformational change in Allegheny county.
Going from press conference to practice is not easy. With the major issues that are on the table in this race, we need somebody who has deep knowledge of county government, a record of getting things done, and the relationships in place to come in on day one and make a better Allegheny County for everyone, not just talk about it.
That’s why I’m running to be your next county executive.