March 6, 2015

Lindsey M. Williams, Esq.
Director of Communications
Office: 412-431-5900
Cell: 412-443-0226

PITTSBURGH  – Today, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT400) announced its final set of endorsements for the 2015 primary election.  Each candidate was given the opportunity to complete a survey regarding their position on a variety of issues important to PFT400 members. The PFT400’s Political Action Committee interviewed the candidates for County Controller, City Controller, Court of Common Pleas, and Pittsburgh City Council District 7.


Endorsed Candidate

County Controller

Mark Flaherty

City Controller

Michael Lamb

Court of Common Pleas

Hugh McGough

Court of Common Pleas

Jennifer Staley McCrady

Court of Common Pleas

Dan Regan

City Council – District 7

No Endorsement


“Jennifer Staley McCrady’s passion for protecting children is undeniable. She has dedicated her career to advocating for children both inside and outside the courtroom. Jennifer Staley McCrady understands that the court plays an important role in identifying and remedying the underlying issues that often accompany the delinquency and truancy offenses that disrupt learning in our schools,” said PFT400 President Nina Esposito-Visgitis. “Jennifer Staley McCrady has the experience needed to address the many challenges facing the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas.”

“As a teacher at Allderdice High School, I have seen the positive effects Magisterial District Judge Hugh McGough has had on our students. He takes the time to understand what is really going on with the student and his or her home life and makes decisions accordingly. Hugh McGough holds children accountable for their actions, but gives them the opportunity to learn and grow from their mistakes,” said PFT 400 Political Action Committee Vice Chair Saul Straussman. “Hugh McGough will be a real asset to our children and families on the Court of Common Pleas.”

PFT400 will be not be issuing an endorsement for City Council District 7.