Allegheny County Executive candidate debate

The Allegheny County Executive is one of the most influential offices in Pennsylvania. This year, the position is up for grabs as longtime Executive Rich Fitzgerald terms out of office. Voters will select a new county executive for the first time since 2011.

NEXT and PublicSource will host the candidates on April 18 at the Allegheny County Executive Town-Hall Debate on Point Park University’s campus. Moderators Tony Norman, Charlie Wolfson and Natalie Bencivenga will moderate questions about environmental concerns and air quality, the county jail and the justice system, public safety, campaign finance reform and government transparency, among other topics.

WHERE: Point Park University Academic Hall and livestreamed on Facebook

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WHEN: 6:30-8 p.m. April 18
WHO: All seven candidates on the ballot for the May 16 primary election have committed to attending.

The candidates are former Pittsburgh Public Schools board member Theresa Colaizzi, attorney/former Allegheny County Councilor Dave Fawcett, state Rep. Sara Innamorato, City Controller Michael Lamb, businessman/former congressional candidate William Parker, former PNC executive Joe Rockey and county Treasurer John Weinstein.

What issues are important to you and what would you like to ask the candidates? Please submit a question via Google Forms by Friday, April 14 at 5 p.m.

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