Pittsburgh mayor behind ads attacking candidate

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh’s lame-duck mayor is behind ads attacking one of the candidates running to replace him, City Councilman Bill Peduto.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is listed as chairman of the Committee for a Better Pittsburgh, according to Federal Communications Commission disclosure documents filed by KDKA-TV, which was paid to run the ads which began Monday.

The ads accuse Peduto of voting for things that benefit the neighborhoods he represent at the expense of poorer city neighborhoods.

Peduto and former state auditor general and one-time city council president Jack Wagner are considered the front runners in the May 21 Democratic primary. The winner is likely to be the next mayor, because city voters haven’t elected a Republican mayor since the Great Depression and the lone Republican candidate, Josh Wander, is relatively inexperienced.

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