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Eight seek vacant University District seat on Council

The résumés for a vacant seat on the Buffalo Common Council have arrived in the city clerk’s office, and they include the Council’s chief of staff, a former Lackawanna school superintendent and a former University District Council member.

Others seeking the appointment include a union representative at Goodyear/Dunlop Tire Corp., a longtime city employee, a detective and a video surveillance monitor for the Buffalo Police Department.

The clerk’s office had received eight resumes from people seeking to fill the University District vacancy as of the end of the day Tuesday, which was the deadline to apply.

Candidates include:

• Mary M. O’Rourke, of Allenhurst Road, a 27-year civil service employee of the city’s Department of Management Information Systems.

• Rasheed N.C. Wyatt, of Easton Avenue, chief of staff to the Council for the last year and senior legislative assistant in the Council staff office for a year before that.

• Archie L. Amos Jr., of Huntley Road, the University District Councilman from 1986 to 1993 who previously worked as a city school teacher and firefighter.

• Michael V. Hicks Jr., of Shirley Avenue, a 20-year University District resident and a union representative at Goodyear/Dunlop.

• Chris W. Brown Jr., of Kensington Avenue, a 17-year University District resident and video surveillance monitor for the Buffalo Police Department since September 2011. Brown has a background in mental health.

• Lilton L. Kelley, no address provided, a member of the Buffalo Police Department since 1986, and a detective since 1994.

• Nellie B. King, of Treehaven Road, who has a master of science degree in education and worked as a teacher, elementary school principal and superintendent of the Lackawanna City School District.

• Reginald J. Griggs, of Wright Avenue, resource manager of the state HIV Counseling Hotline at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The Council will choose the successor to University Council Member Bonnie E. Russell, who ended her 10-year Council career last week to a job in the Family Court system. She was the only woman on the nine-member Council.

O’Rourke, one of two women to apply, wrote to Council members: “I look forward to the opportunity serving as Councilmember Russell’s successor, as it is important that a woman’s voice is continually and consistently represented.”

Wyatt has been mentioned as a front-runner for the position. He regularly interacts with all of the people who will be appointing Russell’s replacement, and is close with Council President Darius G. Pridgen.

Applicants must have lived in the University District for at least a year and must be a Democrat, as is Russell.

The Erie County Democratic Committee’s University District members are meeting this weekend to make their endorsement, though the Council does not have to abide by it.

Whomever is appointed will serve for the rest of the year, and a special election will be held in November. Another election will be held in 2015, when all Council seats are on the ballot.

email: jterreri@buffnews.com

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