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Gross gets more endorsements in D7

Published by Tim McNulty on .

One day after getting mayoral candidate Bill Peduto's public support, District 7 hopeful Deb Gross got a raft of new endorsements from county and state leaders today in her bid to replace Patrick Dowd on city council.

The new nods came from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, county Controller Chelsa Wagner, state Sen. Wayne Fontana, state Rep. Dom Costa and state Rep. Ed Gainey. Outside the district she has endorsements from state House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, state Rep. Erin Molchany, councilman Bruce Kraus and District 8 Democratic nominee Dan Gilman.

Gross's main opponent for the seat so far seems to be Tony Ceoffe Jr., a Housing Authority employee and Democratic ward chair from Lawrenceville. Gross, 47, is a community organizer from Highland Park.

A full statement from Gross's campaign is after the jump:

Pittsburgh, PA--In the lead-up to the Democratic Party's endorsement to nominate a candidate for the special election to fill Patrick Dowd's vacated seat on City Council, elected officials have lined up to express their support for Deb Gross.

Following yesterday's announcement of support from Bill Peduto, Democratic nominee for mayor of Pittsburgh, the following officials who represent voters in the 7th council district have also announced their support for Deb Gross:

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner
State Senator Wayne Fontana
State Representative Dom Costa
State Representative Ed Gainey

"Deb Gross is an accomplished community leader who will be a great asset to the neighborhoods in her district," Rich Fitzgerald said. "Along with Bill Peduto, who will be our next mayor, and the other leaders in our community, she will be there to make sure that city services are working for our residents."

Dom Costa added, "Our members in the Democratic Committee will have a great partner for our community be nominating Deb Gross to be our candidate for city council."

Additionally, Deb Gross has also earned support from the following leaders around the region:

House Majority Leader Frank Dermody
State Representative Erin Molchany
City Councilman Bruce Kraus
Democratic Nominee to City Council Dan Gilman

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