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Started a GED program in Braddock before running for mayor

John earned a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where he focused on finding solutions in social work, business, and public policy to confront urban challenges and economic inequality. John then returned to Pennsylvania to start a GED program in the town of Braddock. Once a booming steel town where Andrew Carnegie established his first mill, Braddock in 2001 was one of the poorest and most troubled communities in the commonwealth, facing steep population decline and high rates of poverty.

John saw the town's beauty and the grit and determination that had been the community's roots for generations. He bought an abandoned church and made Braddock home. In 2005, encouraged by his students and motivated to do more to address the inequality that he felt was holding Braddock back, John ran for mayor. He managed to win the crowded primary by a single vote. And he's been hard at work ever since.

Source: 2016 Pennsylvania Senate campaign website JohnFetterman.com , Sep 22, 2015

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