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Ravenstahl discourages Harris indy run

Published by Jessica Tully on .

Despite their long acidic relationship, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl reinforced his support of Democratic mayoral nominee Bill Peduto during an impromptu press conference.

After meeting to discuss his "Green Up to Grow Up" initiative that encourages healthy living to children, Mr. Ravenstahl answered several questions from reporters regarding the upcoming election to find his successor.

There have been rumors that Pittsburgh City Council President Darlene Harris will run against Mr. Peduto in the November mayoral race after she changed her registration from Democrat to independent in April. State law requires independent general election candidates to be disaffiliated with their parties at least 30 days before the primary, and Mrs. Harris has until Aug. 1 to decide on a run.

Mr. Ravenstahl said this afternoon he discourages an independent such as Mrs. Harris from seeking the mayor's office because it could take away votes from frontrunner Mr. Peduto, who Mr. Ravenstahl said clearly has the support of the city.

For a Democratic victory, Mr. Ravenstahl said the party needs to be unified, which means putting aside "documented differences" between himself and Mr. Peduto for the benefit of the city of Pittsburgh.

The mayor may have been referring to documents that revealed he was the head of a secretive committee that spent more than $250,000 on attack ads in a failed attempt to keep the nomination from Mr. Peduto.

The pair met last month for the first time since February after reaching "a mutual understanding that the past is the past," Mr. Peduto then said.

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