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Only Peduto shows for forum

on October 16, 2013 10:30 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — There appears to be no debating it: Pittsburgh’s mayoral race figures to be even more lopsided than normal.

The city hasn’t elected a non-Democratic mayor since the Great Depression and only Democrat Bill Peduto, a city councilman, showed up for a candidate’s forum on Monday.

Peduto told more than 20 people who gathered at Lincoln Place Presbyterian Church, “I don’t think we’re going to be having any debates, but that’s OK.”

The Republican candidate is Joshua Wander, a security consultant who is working in Israel but promises to return to the city if he wins the election.

Independent candidate Lester Ludwig, 80, also didn’t show Monday, and couldn’t immediately be reached for an explanation.

Peduto wound up shaking hands and answering questions about how he plans to improve the city’s neighborhoods.

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