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Bain has support for Council vacancy

As I mentioned in this morning's paper, a new candidate has emerged to fill the vacant South District seat on the Buffalo Common Council.

Linda M. Bain, a registered nurse and block club founder, has the support of four Council members, University Council Member Bonnie E. Russell told me Monday. (Here's Bain's resume.)

That means Bain and Matthew Fisher, a former aide to Michael P. Kearns, both have four lawmakers behind them.

After last week's candidate interviews, Fisher, Bryan J. Bollman, a senior aide to Council President Richard Fontana, and Anthony "A.J" Verel were considered the leading three candidates.

Questions arose last week about Bollman's residency, and Verel has his own issues -- he was arrested twice for burglary and had a two-year prison stint.

In terms of Bain's emergence, Russell told me she believes it would be nice to have another woman on the Council, and that Bain has the qualifications, including background in the military and with block clubs, as well as community support.

Russell said that Bain has the support of herself, Fontana, Majority Leader Demone A. Smith and Ellicott Council Member Darius G. Pridgen.

"She was very honest and very fresh, very forthcoming," Russell said about Bain's interview with the Council last week.

Russell said she was contacted by "a couple women's organizations" asking that she take "a good look" at Bain. Russell would not disclose which groups contacted her.

Russell also said she plans to reach out to the lawmakers supporting Fisher to talk about Bain's candidacy.

--Aaron Besecker
Follow me on Twitter: @BeseckerBN

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