Jack Wagner has launched his new mayoral campaign website, and with it came his first comprehensive policy statements.
- Start the "Pittsburgh Pledge," in which local companies would provide internships, job training and full-time positions to graduates of the Pittsburgh Promise.
- Consolidate control of the city police department in City Hall, moving more supervisory positions out of the public safety division.
- Upgrade the city's management software, installing modern timekeeping equipment.
Full press release after the jump.
"Today, Jack Wagner for Mayor launched a new campaign website and unveiled Jack's platform on many of the big, important issues facing Pittsburgh. Jack also announced some additional key hires to his growing campaign for Mayor.
Over the past month, Jack has consulted widely and heard from people across Pittsburgh on the important issues facing his hometown. Jack has met with business leaders, labor leaders, academics, community advocates, neighborhood volunteers, and people from all over Pittsburgh.
Drawing on 30 years of policy work and management experience, Jack has built a platform combining his vision and the needs of the people of Pittsburgh, all with an eye towards the future. Jack will use his existing relationships, as well as build new ones, to make important steps forward and promote new, innovative ideas as many Mayors have done throughout Pittsburgh’s history.
"Pittsburgh needs a leader. From every sector and corner of this city, there are great people with great ideas who are ready to help," Wagner said, "As Mayor, I will bring people together, as I have throughout my whole career, to accomplish big things once again as a City. We will clean up City Hall so we can begin real progress on the major issues facing all of Pittsburgh - the need for better jobs, better schools, and a better quality of life."
Jack's platform centers on the big issues facing Pittsburgh and City government, including Leadership, Jobs and Economic Development, Government Reform, Education and Families, Budget, Taxes, and Pensions, and Public Safety. Additional policy proposals and plans will be unveiled as the campaign moves forward.
Jack Wagner for Mayor also announced it has doubled the size of its staff since its last team announcement a couple of weeks ago. Joining the team are new Deputy Campaign Manager Alissa Rudolph, a senior staffer on Michael Lamb's campaign, political director Phil Press, and a team of experienced field organizers, including Jaime Jones, Lydia Humenycky, Danielle McGrath, and Jewel Klein.
Today's announcements come after a tremendous amount of increased support for Jack Wagner for Mayor last week. Last week's announcements included endorsements of City Controller Michael Lamb, City Council President Darlene Harris, IBEW Local 5, Teamsters Joint Council 40, the Pittsburgh Carpenters, Steamfitters Local 449, Plumbers Local 27, and IUPAT District Council 57. Those supporters joined State Senator Jim Ferlo, the Pittsburgh Firefighters, Pittsburgh F.O.P., Teamsters Local 249, and Operating Engineers Local 66. Two independent polls last week also showed Jack Wagner moving into the lead for the race for Mayor. "