District 9 Councilman Ricky Burgess is set to face at least one challenger in the primary election in May. Tomorrow, Stanton Heights entrepreneur Andre Young plans to officially announce his candidacy for the District 9 seat at Westinghouse Academy, his alma mater.
“I chose Westinghouse because education is the foundation,” says Young. “We need to be more inclusive of young people in the 9th council district so we can bring the community together.”
Still in the early stages of his campaign Young says he plans to focus on the “plight” of young adults and teens if elected to city council. As the father of two young adult males, Young says he see the struggles they face first hand.
“We need more sustainable jobs and sustainable wages,” Young says. “When you see young people with college degrees and the only job they can get is at GetGo, that’s a problem.”
For his part Young has worked to increase opportunities in the nonprofit sector through his work with the now defunct Community Action of Pittsburgh and through his own entrepreneurial endeavors as a member of the Homewood-Brushton Business Association and owner of a chain of stationary stores and gift shops.
“My work with various community organizations has prepared me to understand the issues in the community,” says Young. “The 9th council district is in need of leadership.”
Young received a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State University and later went on to study finance and accounting at Duquesne University. He is a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church.
District 9 includes includes Homewood-Brushton, Garfield, Lincoln, Lemington, Belmar, North Point Breeze, East Hills, Friendship, East Liberty and Stanton Heights.
Young's announcement will be on Jan. 31 at 12p.m.