Mayoral candidates, head to head

Name: Mark DeSantis
Age: 48
Political Affiliation: Republican

Management consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
Policy analyst, U.S. Department of Commerce
Policy analyst, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Policy aide to former U.S. Sen. John Heinz
Director of government relations, Texas Instruments
Managing director, ANGLE Technology Consulting and Management
Founder, president of Formation3, LLC, a firm that provides assistance to tech firms
President, MobileFusion
Adjunct professor in the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University

Issues and Goals
To increase pension funds.
To reduce corporate and personal taxes.
To promote transparency and establish greater governmental efficiency.
To improve safety with a no-tolerance crime policy.
To create a sustainable economic plan for neighborhood and community development.

Name: Luke Ravenstahl
Age: 27
Political Affiliation: Democrat

Member, Pittsburgh City Council (2004–2005)
President, Pittsburgh City Council (2005–2006)
Mayor of Pittsburgh (2006–present)

Issues and Goals
To invest in better technology for police and fire departments.
To plan for the financial future of Pittsburgh.
To analyze how taxpayer money is spent on a month-by-month basis.
To increase direct communication with the city’s workforce.
To work with businesses to establish a more business-friendly environment.
To increase the number of buses between Downtown and Oakland.
To create more job opportunities in Pittsburgh for college graduates and improve the city’s economy and development.