John’s piece for Next Pittsburgh, “If I Were Governor: 5 Pittsburghers I Would Want by My Side,” was published this week.  Check out the excerpt below, then check out the full article by clicking here.

If I were elected Governor, the first thing I would do is … well, call for a recount. But if it turned out that the people of Pennsylvania actually meant to make me their Governor, the second thing I would do is make sure that these five Pittsburghers were by my side from Day One.

These five individuals, much like Pittsburghers as a whole, know how to work collaboratively, solve complex problems and—most importantly—they never, ever quit.

Fittingly, it was the resolve, ingenuity and never-give-up attitude of our residents that allowed our city to come roaring back from not only the body blow of the 1980s, but also two tough recessions. It’s Pittsburghers who have made our home not only the most livable city, but also one of the very best places to be in the world, period. Pittsburgh has never looked or felt so good.

So who are the five unlucky Pittsburghers I would have at my side if I were Governor? Drum roll please …