Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb said Wednesday he plans to run for another term so he can â€ścontinue to be an independent voice fighting to stop the waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.â€ť
Lamb, 52, of Mt. Washington announced he would seek a third four-year term during a meeting with members of the Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades Council, which represents dozens of labor unions in Western Pennsylvania.
â€śOver the past several years we have made many strides in getting the city financial house in order,â€ť Lamb said in a statement. â€śDespite those successes, we still see increased spending, and waste of taxpayer dollars. I am running for re-election because I will continue to be an independent voice fighting to stop the waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars, and fighting for a more transparent city government.â€ť
Lamb became controller in 2008. His salary is $70,343 a year, according to the 2015 city budget, which says the Controller’s Office has an operating budget of $3.2 million.
No other candidates have announced plans to run.
Lamb, a Democrat, ran unsuccessful mayoral primary campaigns in 2013 and 2005. Previously, he headed the Allegheny County prothonotary’s office, a civil court record-keeping agency that voters eliminated in 2005 through a referendum that supported consolidating the county’s row offices.
He has a law degree from Duquesne University, a master’s degree from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.