Former Mayor Sophie Masloff said she is supporting Jack Wagner for the Democratic nomination for mayor.
In a phone call Wednesday, Mrs. Masloff said she had decided to back the former auditor general because, "I've known him a long time I think he understands government.'' "He was on city council when I was mayor and he has very cooperative,'' she added. "He has a good knowledge of government ... I just think he is the best candidate.''
Asked to asses the other candidates in the Democratic contest, she said, "I'm not going to be vindictive; I'm not going to criticize anyone; I'm just going to work with Jack and his campaign.''
Ms. Masloff stayed neutral the last time Mr. Wagner sought the job -- in 1993, when he unsuccessfully challenged former Mayor Tom Murphy for the Democratic nomination. Like Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Ms. Masloff was president of city council and next in line of succession when a popular mayor died. She inherited the job upon the death of Mayor Richard Caliguiri in 1988 and won a full term in her own right in 1989, after surviving a crowded Democratic primary. She chose not to run for another term in 1993.