Black voters organizing in Pittsburgh mayor’s race

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Pittsburgh City Councilman Sala Udin (SAH’-lah OO’-deen) is heading a group that will hold a black voters convention that will endorse one of the city’s four candidates for mayor.

Udin says this year’s election is an ideal time for black voters to “apply leverage” because the field is wide open since Mayor Luke Ravenstahl decided not to run for re-election.

Four Democrats are running in the May primary, Councilman Bill Peduto and former state auditor general Jack Wagner — who are both white — and community activist Abdula Jamal Richardson and state Rep. Jake Wheatley, who are black.

Peduto and Wagner are considered the favorites in the race.

Democratic strategist Mike Mikus says he believes the votes of blacks — who are 25 percent of the city’s population — could decide the race.

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