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Potential rival joins Scanlon's staff; Fisher job as lawmaker's aide presumably rules out fall run

The city's newest lawmaker is hiring a person who might have been one of his opponents in this fall's election.

Common Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon of the South District said Tuesday that he is bringing Matthew J. Fisher onto his staff as a senior legislative aide.

Fisher, who had been a candidate for the appointment Scanlon received last week, previously worked as an aide for Michael P. Kearns, Scanlon's predecessor in the South District seat.

Scanlon said he heard only good things about Fisher's work in the community, including his work as Kearns' Housing Court liaison.

"I think we have a lot of the same outlook for the neighborhood," Scanlon said.

Fisher, who previously said he would run for the seat in the fall whether or not he got the appointment, now says he does not plan to seek the elective post later this year.

He said the combination of starting a new job and also being a family man with a wife and six children led him to decide not to run for the seat.

Scanlon said he never came out and told Fisher that the job offer was contingent on his not running but, when asked about Fisher's plans, said he "would gather" that Fisher would not do so.

"I wanted him to come on board just because of the experience he had," Scanlon said.

Fisher said working for Scanlon "could be a good partnership."

Paperwork for the hiring has yet to be completed and filed in the City Clerk's Office.

Kearns resigned from the South District seat after winning a special election for the Assembly on March 20.

The Council accepted resumes from applicants for the post over two rounds and held public interviews with applicants April 16 and May 15.

Scanlon was appointed May 16; the term runs through the end of the year. Primary and general elections will be held in the fall for the final three years of the term.

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