Pittsburgh’s enduring strength is that it is a city built by immigrants who came here in pursuit of the American dream of bountiful economic opportunities, safe neighborhoods, and quality educational institutions. Jack knows that good-paying middle-class jobs, with health benefits and safe work environments, are still the key to keeping and attracting today’s families pursuing the American dream. That’s why he has made job growth and retention a cornerstone of his three decades of public service as Pittsburgh city councilman, state senator and state auditor general.
Jack will partner with local business leaders to identify growth opportunities and provide the resources they need. As auditor general, Jack audited the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development to make sure that businesses were getting the investment capital they needed — and to make sure that businesses were creating the jobs they promised. As Pittsburgh’s mayor, Jack will fight to make sure that Pittsburgh gets its fair share of state economic-development dollars — and that those dollars will create good, middle-class jobs.
Jack also will work with business leaders to create the Pittsburgh Pledge. Building on Pittsburgh’s visionary Pittsburgh Promise, Jack will work to make sure that Pittsburgh businesses provide summer internships, job training, and full-time employment opportunities to Pittsburgh’s talented students pursuing post-secondary educations through the Pittsburgh Promise. The Pittsburgh Pledge is Jack’s way of making sure that the talent and leadership nurtured in Pittsburgh remains in Pittsburgh, keeping our city strong and vibrant for years to come.
A former Duquesne Light Co. meter reader who remains an honorary member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Jack has always fought to protect the rights of working men and women. As auditor general, he uncovered violations of the prevailing wage, unemployment and workers’ compensation laws, as well as violations of the fundamental right to form and join a union.
A Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Jack also as auditor general uncovered failures by the state to give preference to the hiring of military veterans.
Nobody knows better than Jack that Pittsburgh is a collection of proud and close-knit neighborhoods, and that the city’s vitality depends on keeping our 90 neighborhoods vibrant and attractive places to live.
Jack understands this so well because he began his political career as a community activist in his native Beechview. In December 1980, Jack organized a community meeting at St. Pamphilus Church in Beechview to determine what the city was going to do about a contaminated-water emergency that had left thousands without drinking water. He was angered when no one from city council or the mayor’s office attended his community meeting, and that’s when he decided to run for city council.
As auditor general, Jack listened when people talked about issues that affect them and their wallets directly. For example, Jack’s audit of state gas pump inspections resulted in more inspections and a toll-free number printed on gas pump stickers so the public could help ensure that inspections are done on time.
As auditor general, Jack visited every county in the commonwealth to make sure that he heard and understood the concerns of every Pennsylvanian. As mayor of Pittsburgh, he will do the same. He will be a tireless advocate for community development and will work hard to make sure that every neighborhood gets the investment it needs to remain a stable and attractive community to live, work and worship.