The officers of the city of Pittsburgh Democratic ward organization have elected Eileen Kelly as the new city chair, and Kevin Quigley as vice chair. Barbara Ernsberger was chosen as secretary in the Sunday ballotting at the Hill House auditorium.
Ms. Kelly, of Oakland, had been the acting chair since her predecessor, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-East Liberty, resigned the party post in 2013 to back Bill Peduto's bid for the Democratic nomination for mayor. City Controller Michael Lamb, who eventually withdrew from the mayor's race, had been unopposed for the party endorsement.
The results suggest that depite his comfortable primary victory, Mr. Peduto has yet to translate his strength with rank-and-file voters into clout with his party's organization. Ms. Kelly backed former Auditor General Jack Wagner in the mayoral primary. Mr. Quigley, a North Side ward leader and former city public works official, is a friend of former Mayor Luke Ravernstahl, and was fired by the Peduto administration on its first day in office.
The ballotting on the city committee leadership was open to the four ward officers of each of the city's 32 wards.