Robert Daniel Lavelle

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Robert Daniel Lavelle
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City Council of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
In office
Term ends
Years in position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2009
Term limitsN/A
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Robert Daniel Lavelle represents District 6 on the Pittsburgh City Council. First elected in 2009, Smith was uncontested in his successful 2013 re-election bid.[1]

About Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Form of governmentStrong mayor/council
Council composition9 members (elected by district)
Terms of office4 years
Election typePartisan
Current mayorBill Peduto

According to the 2012 U.S. Census estimate, Pittsburgh is the 61st largest city with a population of 306,211.[2] There are nine city council members, all of whom are elected by district. The city follows a mayor-council form of government.[3][4] The mayor earns an annual salary of $108,000.[5] According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pittsburgh's unemployment rate as of July 2013 was 7.5%, compared to the state rate of 7.8% and the national rate of 7.7%.[6]



See also: Pittsburgh city council elections, 2013

Lavelle ran unopposed in the general election on November 5, 2013.[7]

City Council of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (District 6), 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Daniel Lavelle Incumbent 98.3% 2,889
     Nonpartisan Write-in 1.7% 50
Total Votes 2,939
Source: Allegheny County Elections Division

Primary election

Lavelle defeated challengers Franco Dok Harris and Tonya D. Payne in the May 21, 2013 Democratic primary.

Pittsburgh City Council, District 6 Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Daniel Lavelle 53.3% 2,036
Franco Dok Harris 17.5% 668
Tonya D. Payne 28.9% 1,105
Write-in 0.2% 8
Total Votes 3,817
Source: Allegheny County Elections Division


Prior to assuming his council seat in 2010, Lavelle worked as a Legislative Aide to former Pittsburgh City Councilman Sala Udin. He has also served as Chief of Staff for State Representative Jake Wheatley, Jr..

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