A Big Night for Progressives in Pittsburgh

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(Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Union Progress)

By Jon Moss/Pittsburgh Union Progress

It was quite a night for Pittsburgh’s progressive community.

First, state Rep. Sara Innamorato beat a wide field — including a couple of establishment Pittsburgh politicians in John Weinstein and Michael Lamb — to win the Democratic nomination for Allegheny County executive, a win that likely means Innamorato will hold the seat once the dust settles after the November general election.

Equally huge: Matt Dugan, Allegheny County’s chief public defender, handily defeated District Attorney Steven Zappala for the Democratic nomination for that office, potentially denying Zappala a seventh term. It’s possible, however, that these two could tangle again in November, if Zappala wins the GOP nomination via write-in votes.

City Council races weren’t super close. And while in-person turnout was low, the interest in the primaries seemed to be off the charts.