Updated: City voters in the general election picked “YES” on ballot question! Thank you.

Update: At the general election in November 2017, the voters in the city of Pittsburgh elected to change the city’s charter to allow city workers the opportunity to take on part-time work as athletic coaches for Pittsburgh Public School. More than 31,000 YES votes, 73%, were in favor. By the way, the unopposed re-election of Mayor Bill Peduto, D, generated 95% support and 39,000 votes.

Click photo above to link to the Post-Gazette article.

Quote:

Ms. Rudiak took up the issue after Mark Rauterkus, a swimming coach at Pittsburgh Obama 6-12, approached her. Mr. Rauterkus heard that a part-time coach at another city school had to give up that work because of his city employment.

“We’re shrinking the pool of available coaches, knocking them off,” said Mr. Rauterkus, 57, of the South Side Flats. he called the referendum “a positive step” that “might endear more people to live in the city if they could coach their kids here.”

Listen to this radio interview

Radio host, Dimitri, talks with Coach Mark Rauterkus about more people being eligible to be hired as part-time coaches at Pittsburgh Public Schools.

https://soundcloud.com/1dimitriradio/mark-rauterkus-swimming

Ballot Question

5 thoughts on “Updated: City voters in the general election picked “YES” on ballot question! Thank you.”

  1. There were paper handouts that were in the polling places. Those papers are like a reference that voters should ask about and the read in advance of entering the voting booth. A bit of pre-study — perhaps — is well deserved. We also can ask for insights from those who are pushing campaign votes. A few of the committee people working a few of the polling places I visited yesterday were making mention of the ballot questions if people ASKED. Heads up. There are ballot questions and you can read about it now and not be shocked and surprised.

    The media does not do a great job of voter education. And, there are generally no funding efforts for these questions too. Community meetings are needed well in advance of the election too.

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