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Another challenger for Kraus

Published by Tim McNulty on .

The slate is getting crowded for Bruce Kraus's South Side City Council seat.

Kraus is already getting challenged for the Democratic nomination by SS Chamber of Commerce president Gavin Robb. Yesterday Democratic committeeman Jason Phillips joined the fray, saying in a statement that the "crux of his campaign focuses on our need to fix our roads, improve snow and ice removal from our secondary street, pick up garbage, demolish blighted homes, eradicate graffiti and most of all, provide Police, Fire and EMS services to our residents.  Mr. Phillips invasions a City Council tenure where constituent services rank highly."

His full statement is after the jump.

Yesterday, Jason Phillips, Allegheny County Democratic Committee Member, announced his candidacy for Pittsburgh City Council District 3.

Phillips stated that, "We need to elect a new council member with five (5) traits that our community has been missing for six (6) years: creative ideas, the ability to connect, a spirit of collaboration, highly involved, and a partner willing to work for everyone."

Mr. Phillips strongly believes that our first priority needs to be a balanced budget. The city of Pittsburgh can longer spend more than we collect-- Mr. Phillips would have been a steady voice in the most recent pension bailout fiasco that occurred. He also believes that we need to start doing the little things well.

The crux of his campaign focuses on our need to fix our roads, improve snow and ice removal from our secondary street, pick up garbage, demolish blighted homes, eradicate graffiti and most of all, provide Police, Fire and EMS services to our residents. Mr. Phillips invasions a City Council tenure where constituent services rank highly.

Many voters may be unaware of the vast war chest some candidates have accumulated, however, Mr. Phillips believes that the obscene money that candidates are raising and spending from federal to municipal elections needs to be addressed. It is immoral that special interest groups and organizations have put their claws into our elected officials. Mr. Phillips will run a grassroots campaign with his campaign volunteers by going door to door throughout the district.

The Friends of Phillips Committee sees their candidate bringing the youth, vitality, and innovative ideas to City Council along with maturity and a stable voice.

Mr. Phillips characterizes himself as a candidate of the people, whereas candidate Kraus hasn't worked well with the administration or community, to be announced candidate Jeff Koch has collected a city paycheck for 20+ years, including taking a job created especially for him after losing his past election and Gavin Robb, the bar candidate who was recently presented to the community by millionaire land developer Damian Soffer and Adam DeSimone owner of Diesel Night Club.

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