Philadelphia Mayor’s endorsement adds to Lamb’s deep support in Western PA, shows broad statewide coalition forming behind Lamb for Auditor General
PITTSBURGH, PA — Today, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney endorsed Michael Lamb for Auditor General of Pennsylvania. Lamb, who currently serves as Pittsburgh City Controller, joined the race in November backed by a formidable coalition of local leaders and labor organizations in Western Pennsylvania, including the Allegheny County Executive and the Democratic Leaders of the PA State Senate and PA State House. The endorsement from Kenney, who was reelected last year to his second term as Mayor of Philadelphia, shows that Lamb is expanding his support across the commonwealth and emerging as the leading Democratic candidate in the Auditor General’s race.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced, “As the City Controller of Pittsburgh, Michael Lamb has demonstrated his commitment to reform and a progressive vision that puts people first. Nothing is more telling about Michael Lamb’s character and priorities than his successful fight to eliminate his own job as Prothonotary back in 2005 in order to streamline county government and save tax dollars. I’m endorsing Michael Lamb to be Pennsylvania’s next Auditor-General — because he has the experience, progressive vision and commitment to reform necessary to root out waste, fraud and mismanagement in state government.”
Lamb responded, “As someone who believes passionately in pre-K education, I’ve long admired Mayor Kenney’s strong progressive track record in Philadelphia. I’m proud to have to his support. It’s easy to talk about changing Harrisburg — the only way to get real results is for our next Auditor General to have experience fighting corruption and cracking down on government waste. That’s why I’m running, and Mayor Kenney’s endorsement shows the breadth of my support and statewide appeal.”
In addition to Mayor Kenney, Lamb has been endorsed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, PA State Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa and PA State House Democratic Leader Rep. Frank Dermody; U.S. Reps. Mike Doyle and Conor Lamb; PA State Sens. Wayne Fontana and Jim Brewster; PA State Reps. Dan Miller, Dan Deasy, Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz, Anita Kulik, and Tony DeLuca; Allegheny County District Attorney Steve Zappala and Treasurer John Weinstein; Allegheny County Councilmembers Robert Palmosina, DeWitt Walton, Bethany Hallam, and Tom Duerr; Pittsburgh City Council President Theresa Kail-Smith and Council Members Bruce Kraus, Rev. Ricky Burgess, Erika Strassburger, Deb Gross, Anthony Coghill, Corey O’Connor, and former Councilwoman Darlene Harris.
Lamb has also been endorsed by the Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania, Plumbers Union Local 27, Pittsburgh Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1, and Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1.
Michael Lamb, 57, was born and raised in the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He is a graduate of Seton LaSalle High School, Penn State University, Duquesne University School of Law, and Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz School of Public Policy. Lamb currently resides in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife, Jill. For more information about Lamb’s campaign, visit www.lambforpa.com.