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Pennsylvania – Retiree’s Daughter Wins City Council Seat

The daughter of an AFSCME retiree is one of the newest members of the Pittsburgh City Council.

Natalia Rudiak
Newly Elected - Pittsburgh City Council member Natalia Rudiak (center) with parents John and Helena Rudiak. (Photo credit: Family Photo)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The daughter of an AFSCME retiree is one of the newest members of the Pittsburgh City Council.

Natalia Rudiak, 30, ran unopposed in November after defeating three other candidates in the Democratic primary last spring.

Rudiak’s father, John Rudiak, is a retired traffic signal designer for the state Department of Transportation and a former secretary of Local 2459 (District Council 84). He is now president of AFSCME retiree subchapter 8401 (Pennsylvania Retiree Chapter 13).

“Through her education and our union background, Natalia supported social causes and felt that this was the best way to further her values,” says John.

In her campaign for city council, Rudiak declared her intent to strengthen building inspection enforcement, make landlords more accountable for violations and “ensure that our uniformed men and women have the right tools to do their jobs.”

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