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Koch bid official

Published by Tim McNulty on .

We've known that former South Side councilman Jeff Koch has intended to run for his former Jeff KochDistrict 3 seat for some time now, but today he made it official. He's one of three Dems challenging incumbent Bruce Kraus, who has battled with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. (Koch works for the city.)

From the news release:

Koch is a proud, life-long resident of the district, he feels his knowledge of each neighborhood, his common-sense business approach, and abilities to communicate and negotiate positive changes are his best qualities. “In light of the ongoing infighting among the elected officials whom would be better off focusing on our city’s issues, I feel these qualities are extremely important in bringing back the much needed resources for our district,” Koch concluded.

News release in full after the jump:

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 25, 2011 – Jeff Koch, 48 of Arlington, has officially announced he is seeking election for Pittsburgh City Council District 3 in the 2011 Democratic Primary. Koch previously won a special election to fill the same council seat; he served as district 3 councilman from 2006-2007.

“I feel my practical, common sense approach would be a great asset in helping to solve the many issues arising throughout this very diverse district,” Said Koch. “If elected, a full term would provide an opportunity to see my initiatives come to fruition.”

Koch stressed the importance of rebuilding relationships that have become increasingly strained under the current district representative – pitting residents, students, business, restaurant-tavern and rental property owners against each other in South Oakland and the South Side neighborhoods of the district.

“It is imperative that our council representative distributes efforts throughout all communities of the district; we can no longer standby while the hill top communities are ignored.”

Koch’s initiatives, while in office and following his time on council, included economic developments throughout the district, helping to attract new business to the Allentown and Beltzhoover neighborhoods for the first time in many years. He plans to continue to carry out his vision for the hilltop communities, including a bid for the 1 Million dollar Weed and Seed federal grant. Additionally, the renovation of Warrington Avenue would be a primary focus of his campaign, among many other long-overlooked improvements.

“In addition to the many oversights on basic neighborhood structural and development projects that these communities deserve, I’m excited to implement amenities that make our district more family-friendly, such as the new water spray park plan I initiated while in office,” added Koch.

As the current president and coach of the South Side Athletic Association, Jeff works with over 130 children from the district, helping to mentor and instill leadership and teamwork values.

Koch is currently the street program supervisor for Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works, where he has worked for over three years. In that role, he has been instrumental in suggesting and implementing strategic plans that improved snow removal service throughout the city. He helped identify over 3,750 street segments that were not previously included in salt and snow removal routes.

Koch is a proud, life-long resident of the district, he feels his knowledge of each neighborhood, his common-sense business approach, and abilities to communicate and negotiate positive changes are his best qualities. “In light of the ongoing infighting among the elected officials whom would be better off focusing on our city’s issues, I feel these qualities are extremely important in bringing back the much needed resources for our district,” Koch concluded.

Jeff Koch is married to his lovely wife Anita of 27 years. Together they have three wonderful daughters, all raised in Arlington. Their oldest is a homeowner in Carrick; their middle daughter attends Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, her education made possible in part by the Pittsburgh Promise initiative, which was initiated when Koch was in office. Their youngest daughter still plays softball for the team Koch coaches.

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