1969 Pittsburgh mayoral election


Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1969
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Nominee Pete Flaherty John Tabor
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 118,936 62,586
Percentage 65.5% 34.5%

Mayor before election

Joseph M. Barr

Elected Mayor

Pete Flaherty

The Mayoral election of 1969 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was held on Tuesday, November 4, 1969. The incumbent mayor, Joe Barr of the Democratic Party chose not to run for his third term.

Primary elections

Outspoken City Councilman Pete Flaherty won the Democratic Primary, despite strong opposition from the city's aging party machine. He ran an aggressive campaign and characterized himself to the public as a reform. Court of Common Pleas Judge Harry Kramer, the endorsed candidate, launched a series of sharp personal attacks on Flaherty, which undermined his own campaign and hastened his defeat.

General election

A total of 181,522 votes were cast. As is typical in the heavily Democratic city, Flaherty won by over 30 points. The Republican nominee was John Tabor, the state's last Secretary of Internal Affairs (under the 1968 Pennsylvania Constitution, this elected position, considered to be the state's third highest office, was eliminated).

Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1969
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Pete Flaherty 118,936 65.5
Republican John Tabor 62,586 34.5
Turnout 181,522
Democratic hold Swing

External links

  • Peter F. Flaherty Papers Finding Aid, 1964-1995, AIS.1999.19, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh
  • John K. Tabor Papers Finding Aid, 1969, AIS.1984.26, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh


  • "Republican mayoral candidates through the years". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2009.

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