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Background information on candidates for City of Pittsburgh School Board published in Post-Gazette on April 29, 2015
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"For the first time in more than two decades, there is a contested race for the Pittsburgh Public Schools board seat representing parts of Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze and other nearby neighborhoods. The District 4 seat is held by Bill Isler of Squirrel Hill, who has been on the board since 1999 and is not seeking re-election. In the May 19 primary, two candidates are cross-filed in District 4: Kirk Burkley, 38, of Shadyside, an attorney with Bernstein-Burkley, where he specializes in corporate law; and Lynda Wrenn, 49, a Point Breeze resident who holds a master’s degree in teaching from Chatham University and has been an active parent in the city schools for 15 years."
"Incumbent Sherry Hazuda of Beechview, who is in her second four-year term, decided not to seek re-election. The three candidates, all cross-filed, are on the May 19 primary ballot: Samuel Hurst, 32, of Brookline, a Yellow Cab driver; Tracy Link, 46, of Mount Washington, a job coach for clients with disabilities; and Moira Kaleida, 30, of Beechview, a homemaker and community volunteer with an education degree from Penn State University. The three newcomers are running for school board in District 6, which includes all or part of Mount Washington, Duquesne Heights, Banksville, Beechview and Brookline."
"While all three candidates are from North Side neighborhoods, District 8 crosses the Monongahela River and extends into parts of the South Side, Beltzhoover and Allentown. One of the three has cross-filed: Rosemary Moriarty, 64, of the Central North Side, who worked as a teacher and administrator for Pittsburgh Public Schools for more than 35 years. She was principal of the Miller African-Centered Academy in the Hill District when she retired in 2008. Two other candidates are on only the Democratic ballot: Kevin L. Carter, 26, of Manchester, who is founder and CEO of the nonprofit Adonai Center for Black Males based in Downtown, and Patricia Rogers, 49, of the Mexican War Streets, who is a legislative assistant for state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Hill District, and a former substance abuse unit supervisor for a county Juvenile Court program."
Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Local 400 endorsements: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2015/03/06/pittsburgh-teachers-union-endorses-school-board-candidates
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION LINKS FOR EACH DISTRICT:
District 4 Opinion Post Gazette: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/05/08/School-board-District-4-In-a-tough-call-Lynda-Wrenn-has-the-edge/stories/201505230001
City Paper Voter Guide: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/general/pdfs/Chart5_SchoolBoardDistrict4.pdf
District 6 Opinion Post Gazette: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/05/11/City-school-District-6-Kaleida-excels-in-her-knowledge-of-the-district/stories/201505110025
City Paper Voter Guide: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/general/pdfs/Chart6_SchoolBoardDistrict6.pdf
District 8 Opinion Post Gazette: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/04/30/School-board-District-8-Kevin-Carter-would-be-a-dedicated-collaborator/stories/201504300022
Opinion New Pittsburgh Courier: http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2015/05/13/editorial-our-primary-election-endorsements/2/
City Paper Voter Guide: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/general/pdfs/Chart7_SchoolBoardDistrict8.pdf