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1993 Pittsburgh mayoral election

1993 Pittsburgh mayoral election

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Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1993

← 1989 November 2, 1993 1997 →
Nominee Tom Murphy Duane Darkins Kathy Matta
Party Democratic Independent Republican
Popular vote 57,172 13,271 12,058
Percentage 66.2% 15.4% 14.0%

Mayor before election

Sophie Masloff

Elected Mayor

Tom Murphy

The mayoral election of 1993 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was held on Tuesday, November 2, 1993. The incumbent mayor, Sophie Masloff of the Democratic Party chose not to run for re-election.

Democratic primary

State Representative Tom Murphy, who had finished in second to Masloff during the previous election cycle's Democratic primary won the party's nomination, defeating City Councilman (and future Pennsylvania Auditor General) Jack Wagner. Murphy had been well regarded for his work in the legislature for projects designed to improve the unity and community feel of city neighborhoods. However, he also gain a reputation as being difficult to work with. Nonetheless, his previous run for mayor had laid a strong foundation for a primary win.

1993 Pittsburgh mayoral election, Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Murphy 49,530 71.9
Democratic Jack Wagner 19,338 28.1
Total votes 68,868 100

General Election

A total of 86,414 votes were cast. Although Murphy won by a large margin, as is typical of Pittsburgh Democrats, he lost the city's black vote. City Councilman Duane Darkins, an activist for the short lived black progressive movement The Campaign for a New Tomorrow, ran on the platform of giving a voice to the city's minorities.[1][2] Kathy Matta, a nonprofit director, was the Republican nominee.

Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Tom Murphy 57,172 66.2
Independent Duane Darkins 13,271 15.4
Republican Kathy Matta 12,058 14.0
Independent Jeff Hitchcock 3,913 4.5
Turnout 86,414
Democratic hold Swing


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

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