ACCA 2022-2024 Board of Directors Nominations

Meet the Candidates for the 2022-2024 Board of Directors

Allegheny City Central Association

At the Allegheny City Central Association General Membership Meeting on Monday, May 9, 2022, members will vote for individuals to fill open positions on the ACCA Board of Directors. Those elected will serve for two years, through May 2024, and join the five other board members whose terms expire in 2023. Take some time to learn more about each of the candidates:

Patrick Sweeney

A native Northsider, Patrick originally hails from Brighton Heights, where he attended St. Cyril’s. He moved with his family to Indiana, PA when his father began working as a professor at IUP. After high school, he earned his BA in Economics (1992), and his JD (1996) at the University of Pittsburgh.

Patrick joined the Allegheny County Public Defender’s office in 1997, and has been there ever since. His practice is primarily in the adult Trial Division, but his work in the PD’s office has brought him before judges in all Divisions of the Court of Common Pleas. The PD’s office is a unionized workforce (the United Steelworkers), and Patrick has served co-workers as union steward since 2009.

Prior to returning to the Northside, Patrick lived in the South Side for 20 years, and is still a member of Mary Queen of Peace Parish, volunteering with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He served as the Vice Chair of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee in 2013-2014, and is currently the Democratic Committeeman for Ward 22, District 2.

Patrick moved into the Central Northside in 2013, and owns his home on Filson Street. He is a member of the Elks (Allegheny Lodge) on Cedar Avenue, and is often seen walking throughout the neighborhood with his rescue mutt, Roberto.

Dick Thompson

Dick Thompson recently retired from Allegheny Health Network where he led the system’s Construction, Real Estate and Facility Maintenance programs for the last seven years.

Dick went to high school in Upper St. Clair before attending the United States Military Academy. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering and served as an engineer officer in the U.S. Army for 29 years, retiring in 2007 as a Colonel. Following military retirement, he worked at City of Hope, a cancer specialty hospital and research facility in southern California, before returning to Pittsburgh in 2014.

Dick and his wife Cindy have lived on Arch Street since 2016.


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