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Former Republican County Councilman Matt Drozd to announce challenge to County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

Former Republican County Councilman Matt Drozd to announce challenge to County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

It’s official: former County Councilman Matt Drozd is running for Allegheny County’s top political job. He will launch his candidacy Thursday night with a press conference ahead of the Lincoln Dinner for the Allegheny County Republican Committee, according to a press release.

Mr. Drozd, of Ross, served on County Council from 2005 to 2013, when he was defeated by a primary challenger. In his announcement, Mr. Drozd referred to sitting County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a Democrat, as a “caretaker during his eight-year term, lacking the vision to lead our county into becoming a premier showcase among other counties throughout our state and country.”

Mr. Drozd will focus on cutting taxes, he said in an interview with the Post-Gazette when Mr. Fitzgerald announced his candidacy.

“I’m a moderate. I’m a fiscal conservative,” Mr. Drozd said. “I squeeze the almighty tax dollar, and don’t want to put burdens on people who can’t afford it.”

On County Council, Mr. Drozd fought for reductions in property and drink taxes.

Mr. Drozd, a former Army medical readiness officer and Air Force reservist, highlighted his military background in his announcement, calling himself a “highly decorated veteran.”

Mr. Drozd is also a former member of the North Hills School District board, where he said he saved “over $50 million,” and runs the Drozd Group, a business development company.

Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette

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