Lamb to make it official

Published by James O'Toole on .

Michael Lamb will make it official on Wednesday.
The city controller will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination mayor in a morning event at Cannon Coffee, in Brookline, a venue chosen to reflect the Mt. Washington resident's South Hills roots.   Afterwards, he'll drop by Strong's Cleaners, in Homewood, a stop, in a heavily African-American neighborhood, that will highlight a crucial constituency that could be decisive in a race between three white city office holders.
Councilman Bill Peduto announced his bid to challenge Mayor Luke Ravenstahl earlier this month.  Mr. Ravenstahl has yet to make a formal announcement but has said repeatedly that he plans to run for re-election.
Mr. Lamb's entry into the race raises the prospect of splitting the potential opposition to the incumbent, but the controller has said that a three-way is winnable for one of the challengers.  Mr. Lamb won election as controller in 2007.  Prior to that, he was the Allegheny County prothonotary before that office was abolished in a consolidation of the county's row offices that he supported.
Mr. Lamb, a Penn State graduate, earned a law degree at Duquesne University and a masters in public policy at Carnegie-Mellon University.  He is the son of former state Sen. Thomas Lamb.

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