Candidates for Elected Office

We endorse candidates for political office that stand for the Green Party's 10 Key Values and the party platform.

2019 Endorsed Green Candidates

Tara Yaney

Edgewood Borough Council

Tara Yaney has enjoyed living in Edgewood for 6 years and sees serving as borough council member as a way to give back to the community. She is an avid bicyclist and ultimate frisbee player. When not active outdoors, Tara is a local musician, and plays flute with the Johnstown and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras. She directs the Pittsburgh Concert Orchestra Junior Wind Ensemble and she also teaches many private students in the area. Tara has a Bachelors' degree in music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelors' degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Riley Mahon

School Director, Upper St Clair School District

Riley Mahon is a current high school senior attending Upper St Clair High School. Riley is running to be a voice for students at the school district, advocating issues like later school start times, reforming guidance and health classes, encouraging the district to adopt renewable energy, and protecting students’ privacy rights from unreasonable search and seizure.

Kelly Yagatich

Allegheny County Council - At-Large Member

Kelly Yagatich is an environmental organizer whose work is dedicated to educating and empowering people to take a stand on issues that impact their health and quality of life. She studied Economics and Urban Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she developed a passion for urban planning and equitable community development. As a lifelong resident of Allegheny County, she is running for County Council to ensure that Allegheny County remains a place we can all proudly call home. She supports the citizen police review board, a ban on fracking in Allegheny County, and transparency from all levels of government.

Richard Weiss

Allegheny County Executive

Richard Weiss was born in Pittsburgh, has worked as an attorney for the Federal Government in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and in Indonesia on financing for development projects. He possesses a J.D. from the University of Denver, a Master of Laws in International legal studies from American University in Washington, D.C., and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Richard is an advocate for criminal justice reforms including a county-level civilian police review board and police professionalism standards, fighting government corruption, cleaning up the County Jail, ending cash bail and decriminalizing personal drug use and sex work which will save money while being more humane. Richard also advocates ending fracking, which has tremendous environmental costs, converting to 100% clean renewable non-fossil fuel energy by 2030, and bringing about prosperity through a Green New Deal.

Past Candidates

The Green Party of Allegheny County was proud to endorse and support Jay Ting Walker for state representative in the 23rd district in the 2018 election. Jay finished with about 10% of the vote, over 2300 votes! We would like to thank Jay for his hard work for his campaign and the Green Party in general as we look forward to a stronger 2019!

The Green Party of Pennsylvania had also endorsed Jay Walker, as well as statewide candidates: Neal Gale (US Senate), Paul Glover (Governor), Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick (Lt. Governor)! To learn more about the statewide candidates, see the GPPA press release. All of our candidates ran on a "Green New Deal" that put people and planet over profits.

The full 2018 slate on the ballot is given below!

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