Meet four Allegheny County women breaking glass ceilings as they run for mayor

They clinched the Democratic primary nods in Bellevue, Carnegie, Duquesne and Wilkinsburg — and could become first-term mayors.

Marita Garrett, Emily Marburger, Nickole Nesby and Stacie Riley

Marita Garrett, Emily Marburger, Nickole Nesby and Stacie Riley

courtesy of the candidates
MJ Slaby

The congratulatory texts started on election night before Marita Garrett got to Biddle’s Escape, where she planned to wait for the results.

She had a feeling she’d won the Democratic primary for Wilkinsburg mayor but wasn’t ready to declare victory just yet. When the votes were tallied and unofficial results posted, she claimed victory with more than 60 percent of the vote in a four-way race.

“It all hits you at one time,” she said, remembering she wanted to cry and laugh as months of campaigning paid off.

Garrett was one of 25 women in Allegheny County who ran for mayor during last week’s primary election, compared to 104 men. Of those female mayoral candidates, 18 won their races.

This map shows where women won primary contests for mayor. Democrats’ wins are in blue, and Republicans, red. In Ingram, women won both primaries and that’s indicated in purple. Click on the markers to see the candidate’s name, party and where they won. (An asterisk means she ran unopposed.)