City Councilwoman Deb Gross said she’s looking forward to working with Gainey to create safer and more equitable neighborhoods. “We’re all looking forward to building the Pittsburgh we all deserve,” she said.

Mayoral candidate Ed Gainey leaving his polling location at the Catalyst Academy school building in Lincoln-Lemington after voting. Photo by Nick Childers/PublicSource.

Gainey, from Lincoln-Lemington, has represented the 24th state House district since 2013. He previously worked for Pittsburgh Mayors Luke Ravenstahl and Tom Murphy.

Peduto was attempting to become just the fourth Pittsburgh mayor to win a third term. He is the first mayor to lose reelection since Republican John S. Herron lost in 1933, a defeat that permanently turned power over to the Democrats. Peduto is the only Democratic mayor to ever lose a reelection bid, though few have attempted to win a third term.

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Charlie Wolfson is PublicSource’s local government reporter. He can be reached at or on Twitter @chwolfson.