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Jerry Dickinson releases statement responding to Congressman Mike Doyle’s retirement announcement

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Today, Jerry Dickinson, candidate for Congress in PA-18, released the following statement:

“I want to thank Congressman Doyle for his service to our country and our region in the U.S. House of Representatives. For 26 years, he has represented Western Pennsylvania with dignity and advocated passionately for our communities in Washington. 

“From the start of this campaign one thing has been clear: Pittsburgh is ready for a new direction. I’m not a career politician, and I’m not running for Congress just to rise through the political ranks or to advance my career.

“I was born to a white mother and Black father. Both were far too poor and sick to take care of me. I was placed in the foster care system and adopted into a multi-racial family of 11 foster children. Throughout my life, I saw my siblings and my family struggle. They struggled with poverty, incarceration, and addiction. I’m running for Congress to fight for racial justice, clean air and water, and universal health care for our communities and for the millions of Americans struggling everyday. 

“I’m running because when I look at the world we’re leaving behind—the world my two young daughters are growing up in—I’m determined to make it a safer and more equitable place.”

Doyle’s announcement comes on the heels of the second straight fundraising quarter that he was outraised by Dickinson. Since launching in April, Dickinson’s campaign has raised over $330,000—100% from individual contributors.  If elected, Dickinson will be the first Black congressperson from Western Pennsylvania. 

Dickinson’s campaign has received endorsements from over a dozen local elected officials, community leaders and activists, including:

  • Liv Bennett – Allegheny County Council
  • Chardaé Jones – Mayor of Braddock
  • Marita Garrett – Mayor of Wilkinsburg
  • Nickole Nesby – Mayor of Duquesne
  • Abigail Salisbury – Swissvale Borough Council President
  • Shawn Alfonso Wells – Swissvale Borough Council
  • Tara Yaney – Edgewood Borough Council
  • Michelle Kenney – Mother of Antwon Rose II, Activist
  • Jim Burn – Former Chair of Pennsylvania Democratic Party
  • K. Chase Patterson – Local elementary school leader
  • Alma Speed Fox – Civil Rights Leader
  • Fawn Walker-Montgomery – Community Organizer
  • Turahn Jenkins – Civil Rights Attorney

Jerry Dickinson is a constitutional law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. A product of the foster system in Pittsburgh, Dickinson saw firsthand the systematic challenges that cause and perpetuate social and racial inequality. He beat the odds and has dedicated his life to tackling the structural problems he has witnessed and lived through. In Congress, he will bring the energy and perspective needed to lift those left behind, and truly create opportunity for all.

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