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 first 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 all of the candidates for Pittsburgh Public School Board Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 and Pittsburgh City Council Districts 1, 3, 5 and 9.

Seat Endorsed Candidate
School Board – District 2 Regina Holley
School Board – District 4 Lynda Wrenn
School Board – District 6 Moira Kaleida
School Board – District 8 Kevin Carter
City Council – District 1 Darlene Harris
City Council – District 3 Bruce Kraus
City Council – District 5 Corey O’Connor
City Council – District 9 Ricky Burgess


“School board elections are always important for our city, but that is especially true this year. The incoming school board will be responsible for recruiting the next superintendent and planning the direction of the district for the next few years,” said PFT400 President Nina Esposito-Visgitis. “We believe Regina Holley, Lynda Wrenn, Moira Kaleida, and Kevin Carter are the school board candidates that understand what our students and our schools need to succeed.”

“PFT400 has more members that live in District 6 than in any other district in the city of Pittsburgh. As someone who teaches and lives in District 6, I am proud to announce the endorsement of Moira Kaleida for school board,” said PFT 400 Political Action Committee Chair Jeremiah Dugan. “Moira Kaleida understands the issues facing the ten schools in District 6 and schools across the city of Pittsburgh.  Moira Kaleida is a strong supporter of community schools and as a public school parent she has the passion needed to be an effective school board member.”

PFT400 will be interviewing candidates for City Council District 7, Allegheny County Controller, Pittsburgh City Controller, and Court of Common Pleas over the next few weeks.  The list of endorsed candidates will be released after the interview process is completed.