During the last 10 years as mayor, John is most gratified by breaking the cycle of violence in Braddock that culminated with nearly 5 ½ years without the taking of a life.
He’s applied a hands-on approach from AmeriCorps and his service experience with to take steps towards progress and rebuild this community, creating jobs, getting youth engaged, and bringing creative urban policy solutions to Braddock.
When Pennsylvania lawmakers continued to push outdated discriminatory policies banning marriage equality, Mayor John stood up and officiated one of the first same-sex marriages in the commonwealth. He’s encouraged clean energy policies to create new jobs and put folks in Braddock back to work.
Mayor John was re-elected in 2009 by a 2-1 margin, and again in 2013 by an 8-1 margin, and now serves in his 3rd term as mayor.