Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.
Council Majority Leader Demone A. Smith addresses his colleagues during a Common Council meeting on Jan. 24. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)
Demone A. Smith
Job title: Buffalo Common Council member, Masten district; Council majority leader
Family: Wife, two children
Education: Wilberforce University (B.A. in political science)
Party affiliation: Democrat
Previous work experience: Erie County legislator
City Salary: $52,000 + $5,000 for work as majority leader
What's one thing people don't know about you?
Big comic book fan as a kid. They increased my reading ability. [World of] Warcraft fan, as well.
What's your favorite restaurant?
Matties, GiGis, Dr. Birds, Trini Tropical, Niagara Café and Papi’s.
What music have you been listening to lately?
My favorites are live bands, especially the local bands that perform at the summer festivals. We have some of the best musicians here! Depending on the moment and objective of the day, I use music to influence the attitude, so it goes from jazz, R&B, hip-hop, reggae, especially dancehall, and even rock. I love the bass and electric guitar.
Who's your political hero?
Maynard Holbrook Jackson, the 54th and 56th mayor of Atlanta. His community organizational skills and what he was able to accomplish are extraordinary.
What's the worst part of your job?
Not being able to put my kids to bed every night.
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