Member of County Council District 8
Initiates and adopts ordinances, makes appropriations, adopts annual balanced budget, adopts an administrative code, approves Executive appointments, conducts investigations of County Departments, accepts grants,gifts or donations on behalf of County, may modify or eliminate departments,agencies or functions that no longer serve citizens.Term of Office: 4 yearsStipend: $10,940
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Eric P. Casteel
Many municipalities in Allegheny County struggle to pay for their government. What can you do as a member of Council to make them more economically viable?
What policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice for all citizens?
What action, if any, would you support to improve air quality in Western Pennsylvania?
County Council District 8
Bachelor's Degree from the University of Pittsburgh
Qualifications for office
My career has been spent supporting communities to better protect public health and the environment. This includes also working with local, state and federal agencies. For the past ten years I have also served on the Plum Zoning Hearing Board & volunteered on the boro's comprehensive plan committee.
There are 130 municipalities in Allegheny County, one with a population as small as 68 people. The Councils of Government and organizations such as CONNECT and the Local Government Academy provide an array of support and resources to municipalities to help reduce costs. With the American Rescue Plan funding going directly to these municipalities and Allegheny County, Council has an opportunity to serve a leadership role. It needs to provide support to municipalities, and the organizations they rely upon, to ensure funding is distributed equitably by 2024. With discussions of a large infrastructure package, Council must work closely with both state and federal elected leaders to ensure federal funds flow to the communities in greatest need.
I will use my knowledge of social determinants of health (such as affordable and safe housing, quality education, transportation, health care, and clean air and water) to advance priorities throughout the County that strive toward a healthier, more equitable and more prosperous region for ALL residents, regardless of zip code. The pandemic has demonstrated issues of inequity across Allegheny County. In response, the Black Equity Coalition was formed to focus on the disproportionate impact on the health, well-being, and economic stability of communities of color. This is an opportunity for County Council to learn from the Coalition and respond to its recommended policies. Lastly, the voices of the LGBTQ+ community must continue to be heard.
There are many industrial sources contributing to poor air quality, resulting in an increase in cancer and asthma rates and a lack of economic growth. Recently, County Council unanimously passed an episodic weather regulation to ensure a decrease in particulate matter. Industry must invest in their facilities, upgrading outdated equipment and using best available technologies so that hazardous air pollutants are no longer released impacting the community’s health. Reducing emissions from the transit sector and creating a comprehensive plan to address climate change will also improve our air. An investment in workforce development, including working with the Community College of Allegheny County, could be a roadmap for renewable energy jobs.
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