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Democratic Mayoral Primary To Be Affected By Ravenstahl's Decision

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has missed several public and political events in recent days.

Last night, he did not attend a candidate's night on the North Side.

A city official spoke in the mayor's absence, saying Ravenstahl would have a press conference to discuss some personal issues in the coming days.

Those remarks led to speculation about the mayor's future.

The press conference will serve as an opportunity to explain why Ravenstahl missed a political meeting in his own district as well as a number of other political and campaign events over the last five days. His absence from these events has given off the impression that he is not running for re-election.

While there is no confirmation of that at this point, he does face strong opponents in the Democratic Primary.

City Councilman Bill Peduto has been campaigning hard with the support of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Also running against him is City Controller Michael Lamb.

The race could still be wide open because there are still 10 days for any candidate to enter the Democratic Primary on May 21.

There is no indication that other candidates are going to enter the race, but that could very well change if Ravenstahl drops out of the race.

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