Relatively few citizens will vote in this primary election. The over-under on participation by registered voters approximates 25 percent. The Republican and Democratic parties have exercised no quality control with respect to endorsements; party leaders have barely maintained appearances with respect to promoting endorsed candidates.
Is the region's decline -- and InsolvenCity's deterioration in particular -- a cause of these circumstances, or an effect? Or both? We do not know. But we know who should get your votes:
Allegheny County Executive (Democratic): In a race of flawed candidates, Rich Fitzgerald is king, primarily because Mark Flaherty is the List-Makers' lady-in-waiting.
Allegheny County Executive (Republican): Chuck McCullough is the only Republican with a chance to be elected; his prospects depend upon acquittal.
Allegheny County Council (at-large Republican): Ed Kress seems focused on (and could be effective with respect to) local issues. His opponent is running for overheated teapot whistle.
Allegheny County Controller: Valerie McDonald-Roberts and Chelsa Wagner are strong candidates with good records. Vote for one of them.
Allegheny County Court Of Common Pleas: Cast a single vote, for Daniel Konieczka. If you cast a second vote -- which you should not do; it is important to plunk for Konieczka -- choose Alex Bicket or Mike Marmo.
Pittsburgh City Council (District 1): Darlene Harris has earned your vote.
Pittsburgh City Council (District 3): Bruce Kraus deserves re-election.
Pittsburgh City Council (District 5): Corey O'Connor will win. Chris Zurawsky should move to District 9.
Pittsburgh City Council (District 7): Everything about Patrick Dowd is complicated, except his clear superiority in this election.
Pittsburgh City Council (District 9): Chris Zurawsky should move to District 9.
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