Julian Routh | Thursday, May 16, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For voters in Western Pennsylvania, the municipal primary elections on May 21 are a chance to have a say in the day-to-day governing of city and county governments and school boards and in who becomes judges.
Even though there’ll be a general election in November, many of the candidates that voters choose in the primary will be on a fast track to power, with no official challengers declared on the other side. Pittsburgh City Council seats? The Democrats who win their primaries next week will almost certainly be sworn in next January. Allegheny County District Attorney? Same thing.