Allegheny County executive candidates discuss views for Mon Valley towns

By Max Robinette

Allegheny County executive candidates participated in a community forum at the McKeesport Palisades Wednesday to discuss their visions for the Mon Valley.

Democrats Sara Innamorato, Dave Fawcett, Michael Lamb, Will Parker and John Weinstein, as well as Republican Joe Rockey are the remaining candidates to replace current county Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Steel Rivers Council of Governments Executive Director An Lewis and Turtle Creek Valley COG Amanda Settelmaier moderated the event, directing questions that addressed issues specific to the region.
Steel Rivers COG joins 19 municipalities along the Monongahela River, working to combat blight, encourage new industry and provide access to funding from local, state and federal resources. Turtle Creek COG joins 20 municipalities in the eastern part of the county.

Lewis and Settelmaier asked questions about pervasive issues they’ve seen working with municipal governments. The forum took on a round table discussion format, with candidates providing a brief response, passing the question to the next speaker.