Pittsburgh’s First Openly Gay Elected City Councilor Announces Intent to Run for Reelection

Councilman Bruce A. Kraus to Seek Second Term

January 11, 2011—Councilman Bruce A. Kraus announced today that he will be seeking a second term as a representative on Pittsburgh’s City Council.  The primary election will be held on May 17, 2011.


In a letter to constituents, Councilman Kraus cited—among other accomplishments—a few examples of the many successes that he has had in his first term:


·         Protecting libraries in our district—we will soon see a renovation of our South Side branch library.  In addition, efforts are underway to bring a new state-of-the-art library building serving Knoxville, Carrick, and our other Hilltop communities


·         Responding to our neighbors’ needs more efficiently with the opening of our Hilltop District Office on Arlington Avenue

·         Working to reduce gun violence through responsible gun ownership legislation that requires reporting lost and stolen guns


The Councilman promised to continue to focus on keeping neighborhoods safe, clean, and green and to continue improvements to his constituents’ quality of life.


 “It has been an honor and a truly rewarding experience to represent our neighborhoods on City Council,” Kraus said.  “I am pleased to have been able to follow through on my campaign commitments and proud of what we have been able to accomplish.” 


In his first term, Kraus served two years as chair of the Committee for Public Safety and currently chairs the Committee on Public Works.  Among his legislative accomplishments were the passage of numerous bills focused on safe and clean streets and improved quality of life for residents and businesses alike.


Bruce Kraus was first elected in 2007 with 55% of the vote in the Primary Election and 86% in the General Election.


District 3 of Pittsburgh’s City Council includes the neighborhoods of Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Beltzhoover, Knoxville, Mount Oliver City, Saint Clair, the South Side Flats and Slopes, and parts of Carrick, Mount Washington, and Oakland.


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