Pittsburgh has a new candidate for Mayor.
During Rick Dayton's show on NewsRadio KDKA, Marlin Woods officially announced that he's running for Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh.
"I am making my official and public announcement for my independent candidacy for into the mayor's race for the City if Pittsburgh," announced Woods.
He explained that he's running "because leadership is the resounding opportunity in this region. Leadership is executed by raising the standard of quality for each individual. We call that service. And so service is the platform for each individual by which I am running.
"I am running because I deem it as my responsibility, Rick. I am running because members of the community reached out to me - of various types - diversity of residence, diversity of key stakeholders, a diversity of business owners - and all independently of each other."
Woods told Dayton that he's been planning his run since 2017. "This has been in the plan, in the works and being prepared since 2017. So, this isn't in response to any recent political activity. This isn't in response to any other modern dynamics that we're seeing today. This is as a result of me answering the call and the charge of a mandate on my life."
The 48-year-old from East Liberty "saw both sides of the proverbial railroad tracks of socio-economic experience" which he says gives him "a balanced outlook in my development, able to communicate effectively with people from various backgrounds and cultures," according to his website.
State Representative Ed Gainey defeated current Mayor Bill Peduto in Pennsylvania's Primary Election in May.
Gainey's margin of victory was just under 4,000 votes.
Democrat Tony Moreno had enough write-in primary votes to qualify for the General Election, on the Republican side of the ballot.