PRESS RELEASE - Jan 21 Mayoral Campaign Announcement




Friends of John C. Welch


John C. Welch Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Pittsburgh

Pledges to Improve Safety, Create Fair and Equitable Community Development, Support a Robust Public Education System, Foster Grass-roots Economic Development, and Support Responsible Philanthropy

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 21, 2017 – Rev. John C. Welch, Chief Chaplain for the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and Dean of Students at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PTS), declared his candidacy for the office of Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh during a rally today at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Homewood.

"I am pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh," said Rev. Welch. "My experience as a homegrown Pittsburgher, reverend, scholar, activist, and family man has allowed me to obtain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities in our city government."

Rev. Welch said he is committed to building a movement for one people where everyone can flourish and find their place. "We want to build one Pittsburgh, where there are safe neighborhoods, good jobs, and fair wages for everyone. And we want equal educational opportunities for our children," said Rev. Welch.

According to Rev. Welch, today’s rally marked the first of many stops in his listening campaign tour around the city. He said his primary role as mayor would be to serve as a listener to and an advocate for the people of the city of Pittsburgh, fighting against the obstacles of racism, sexism, and classism. He said one of his goals will be to engage the many stakeholders that value Pittsburgh and wish to work collaboratively in achieving change for all people.

"I look forward to connecting people to opportunities that truly make Pittsburgh the most livable city," said Rev. Welch.

Rev. Welch is a former recipient of the Human Rights Award from Church Women United, Inc. and the NAACP Pastor of the Year Award. He received the YWCA Racial Justice Award, the Gamaliel Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Legacy Leader Award, and was a finalist for the City of Pittsburgh’s DiverCity360 Living Legend Honors.

Rev. Welch has resided in Pittsburgh his entire life. He and his wife of 31 years, Rev. B. DeNeice Welch, Senior Pastor of the Bidwell Street United Presbyterian Church, have raised four children - Aja, Jordan, John and Ian. They also share their love with three wonderful grandchildren.

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