Election 2019 in Pittsburgh: All of your officials who are up for reelection

On to the next election.

Students wait to vote in November 2016 at CMU.

Students wait to vote in November 2016 at CMU.

Jasmine Goldband / The Incline
MJ Slaby

Updated, Jan. 17

With the 2018 election in the rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on next year’s municipal races at the borough, city and county levels.

Here at The Incline, we’re tracking who’s running and will be regularly updating this list. There have already been a few campaign announcements for Pittsburgh City Council and Allegheny County District Attorney.

Below, we’ve rounded up a list of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County elected officials who are up for reelection in 2019.

State Special Election

State Senator Guy Reschenthaler (R)

  • District 37 includes parts of Allegheny (west of Pittsburgh) and Washington counties. See a map.
  • In November, Reschenthaler was elected to represent District 14 in the U.S. House, meaning there will be a special election to fill his seat. That election date has yet to be decided.


City Controller Michael E. Lamb (D)

City Councilmember Darlene Harris (D)

  • District 1 includes Allegheny Center, Allegheny City Central, Allegheny West, Brighton Heights, Brightwood, East Allegheny, Fineview, Northview Heights, Observatory Hill, Spring Garden, Spring Hill-City View, Summer Hill, Troy Hill, and Washington’s Landing.
  •  Quincy Kofi Swatson (D), executive director of The Door Campaign, launched a campaign for the seat and is supported by Jeff Betten, who previously said he was running, 90.5 WESA reported.
  • Chris Rosselot (D), a former aide to U.S. Senator Bob Casey in Pittsburgh, launched his campaign for the seat.
  • Bobby Wilson (D), a lifelong North Side resident and researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, launched his campaign.

City Council President Bruce Kraus (D)

  • District 3 includes Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Beltzhoover, Central Oakland, Knoxville, Mount Oliver, Oakcliffe, South Oakland, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, and St. Clair.
  • Ken Wolfe (D), of Allentown is running for the seat. He was previously Kraus’ chief of staffTribLive reported.
  • Amy Schrempf (D), an attorney who lives in the South Side, is also running.
  • Chris Kumanchik (D), a University of Pittsburgh student launched his campaign.

City Councilmember Corey O’Connor (D)

  • District 5 includes Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hazelwood, Hays, Lincoln Place, New Homestead, Regent Square, Squirrel Hill, and Swisshelm Park.

City Councilmember Deb Gross (D)

  • District 7 includes Bloomfield, Friendship, Highland Park, Lawrenceville, Morningside, Polish Hill, Stanton Heights, and Strip District.

City Councilmember Ricky V. Burgess (D)

  • District 9 includes East Hills, East Liberty, Friendship, Garfield, Homewood, Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar, and North Point Breeze.
  • Leon Ford (D), who was shot and paralyzed by police six years ago, announced he is running.
  • Randall Taylor (D), a former Pittsburgh Public Schools board member and activist, launched his campaign.

Pittsburgh Public Schools

Board President Regina B. Holley

  • District 2 includes Bloomfield, East Allegheny, East Liberty, Fineview, Highland Park, Lawrenceville, Morningside, Polish Hill, Spring Garden, Spring Hill, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Troy Hill, and Washington’s Landing.

First Vice President Lynda Wrenn

  • District 4 includes North Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill.

Director Moira B. Kaleida

  • District 6 includes Banksvile, Beechview, Brookline, Duquesne Heights, East Carnegie, Mt. Washington, Overbrook, and Westwood.

Director Kevin L Carter (D)

  • District 8 includes Allegheny Center, Allegheny West, Beltzhoover, California-Kirkbride, Central Northside, Chateau, Downtown, Hill District, Knoxville, Manchester, North Shore, and Northview Heights.

Holley, Wrenn and Kaleida cross-filed as Democrat and Republican in the last election.


County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald (D)

County Controller Chelsa Wagner (D/R)

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. (D)

  • Turahn Jenkins (D), former Allegheny County chief deputy public defender, launched his campaign this summer.

County Treasurer John K. Weinstein (D/R)

County Council President John P. DeFazio (D)

  • DeFazio is an at-large member of the council.

County Councilmember Samuel DeMarco III (R)

  • DeMarco is an at-large member of the council.

County Councilmember Cindy Kirk (R)

  • District 2 includes Bell Acres, Bradford Woods, Crescent Township, Edgewood, Franklin Park, Leet Township, Leetsdale, Marshall Township, McCandless Township, Ohio Township, Pine Township, Richland Township, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights, and Sewickley Hills.

County Councilmember Sue Means (R)

  • District 5 includes Bethel Park, Bridgeville, Mount Lebanon, and Upper St. Clair Township.

County Councilmember John F. Palmiere (D)

  • District 6 includes Baldwin (borough and township), Brentwood, Castle Shannon, Clairton, Elizabeth, Jefferson Hills, Pleasant Hills, South Park Township, West Elizabeth, and Whitehall.

County Council Vice President Nick Futules (D)

  • District 7 includes Blawnox, Brackenridge, Cheswick, Churchill, East Deer Township, Fawn Township, Razer Township, Harmer Township, Harrison Township, Oakmont, Penn Hills Township, Springdale (borough and township), Tarentum, Verona, and Wilkins Township.

County Councilmember DeWitt Walton (D)

  • District 10 includes Forest Hills, Wilkinsburg and parts of Pittsburgh including the Lower Hill District, Oakland, Upper Hill District, Bloomfield, Highland Park, East Liberty, and Homewood.

County Councilmember Paul Klein (D)

  • District 11 includes Munhall, Homestead, West Homestead and parts of Pittsburgh including Shadyside, Point Breeze, Squirrel Hill, Hazelwood, Greenfield, Hays, Lincoln Place, and South Side.

County Councilmember Denise Ranalli-Russell (D)

  • District 13 includes Bellevue and parts of Pittsburgh including Downtown, Strip District, Polish Hill, Lawrenceville, Morningside, Garfield, Stanton Heights, South Side, Allentown, Beltzhoover, Manchester, North Side, Troy Hill, Spring Garden, Fineview, and Perrysville.

Wagner and Weinstein were cross-listed as Democrat and Republican in the last election.