I’m a mom, a grandmother and a wife — and I’m also your watchdog in Allegheny County government. I fight for proper checks and balances, expose unethical practices, and guard against tax increases as if the money were coming out of my own pocketbook. I believe taxpayers deserve vigilant representation, and I’m grateful for your trust in me.
She’s soft spoken and measures barely more than five feet, but don’t let that fool you. This mother of five, and grandmother of three, is no pushover. Just ask her Allegheny County Council mates. She’s a 3rd-degree blackbelt (which she earned by breaking wood with her head), and she’s even tougher as a member of county council. Sue is known for persistence in seeking answers on behalf of taxpayers, and for championing honest, transparent government.
Sue was born and raised in Bethel Park the third of four children born to Pete and Ruth Edwards. After graduating from Bethel Park High School, in 1970, she attended West Virginia University earning a bachelor of science in Nursing in 1974. Sue worked in the neurosurgical unit at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. A life-long resident of Allegheny County, Sue lives in Bethel Park with her husband, Jim, whom she married in 1975. Sue was elected to Allegheny County Council, District 5, in December 2013. She represents Bethel Park, Bridgeville Borough, Mount Lebanon, and Upper St. Clair Township.
LIFEPAC, FOAC, FOP#1, and FOP #91
“I want to understand everything. I don’t want to go upstairs and not understand what I’m voting for.”
Sue takes her role as a citizen representative to heart, thoroughly reading and researching every piece of legislation, asking questions, alerting other members when things don’t add up, and consulting relevant industries and individuals to find out how they may be affected, before voting on it.
“…lack of transparency leads to the council “voting blind…”
Sue believes taxpayers are best represented when their representatives can cast informed votes on their behalf. She has fought for increased transparency, and for better sharing of information between the county executive and county council. She has also advocated for audio recordings of sub-committee meetings to be made available to the taxpayers.
“I guard against tax increases as if the money were coming out of my own pocketbook.”
Sue believes her job as a council member is to protect the people she represents, which is why she voted against her own pay raise, exposed questionable practices, and has been an advocate for term limits for council members.