North Hills school director Tom Baker has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the District 1 seat on Allegheny County Council.
District 1 is currently represented by Republican Matt Drozd. The district is comprised of Aleppo, Ben Avon, Coraopolis, Emsworth, Findlay, Glen Osborne, Glenfield, Haysville, Kilbuck, Moon, North Fayette, and West View.
“After much thought, long discussions with my wife Erin, and after ongoing conversations with key Allegheny County leaders that I trust and respect, I have decided to announce my candidacy for the District 1 County Council seat this year," Baker said in a statement. "I truly believe that we can expect more out of our County Council and hope to be a leader who strengthens and brings accountability to our county government.”
Baker is Chief Community Affairs Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. He has also served as an Executive Board member of both the North Hills Community Outreach and the Baierl Family YMCA Boards of Directors.
Baker is also the President of Baker Leadership and the author of three books: Get Involved! Making the Most of Your 20s and 30s (2008), Give Our Passion (2010), and Empowered in Pittsburgh (2012). Baker is the Founder and Chief Program Officer of Get Involved!, Inc., a 501c3 public charity non-profit organization that educates and empowers young leaders.
He was elected to the North Hills school board in Nov. 2011.
“I have never raised taxes and promise voters that I will continue to make the protection of taxpayers my number one priority," he said. "What I will do are the things that I’m already doing on the school board - like fighting for common sense initiatives to make government do more with less, work tirelessly to shine the light on waste and abuse to eliminate both, and promote and fight for ways to help local businesses create jobs right here in Allegheny County.”
Check out some of today's other top stories here .