PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says he is abandoning his bid to seek reelection, but will remain in office.
Ravenstahl made the announcement Friday after speculation fueled by an aide’s comments earlier this week that the mayor would soon be calling a news conference to discuss “some issues.”
That prompted reporters to camp outside the mayor’s office Thursday for an announcement which never came, until Ravenstahl ‘s Friday morning news conference.
Ravenstahl became the city’s youngest-ever mayor at age 26. He took office in 2006 because he was City Council president when Mayor Bob O’Connor died, and won a special election in 2007 to finish that term and was re-elected to a full four-year term in 2009.