The media say the mayor's race is over. Franco Dok Harris doesn't stand a chance. And Pittsburgh Democrats just aren't tough enough to challenge the Ravenstahl-Zober machine. But the national media said that about another Franco Harris and group of Pittsburghers some 30 years ago - and out of nowhere, they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
What gives me such hope? Nobody can predict what a voter will do when voting by secret ballot. Dok Harris and his family have played an important role in helping to elect progressive candidates, including in the previously right-wing suburbs of Allegheny County. They are, like many voters in the city, "small-d" democrats who see fair and open elections as the best way to advance the future of our party, county and country.
So please, tell your neighbors that they too can be part of this "miraculous election." All they have to do is pull the lever for a gifted young man who comes from a family we have all come to trust. That's right, it's time. "Give the ball to Dok."
The writer is with Citizens for Political Responsibility in the Greater Pittsburgh Region.