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.
Bonnie E. Russell
Job title: Buffalo Common Council member, University district; Council president pro tempore
Family: Married to Buffalo City Court Judge Robert T. Russell, Jr.; three children; three grandchildren
Education: Courses taken at Ohio State University and University of Buffalo
Party affiliation: Democrat
Previous work experience: State of Ohio auditor's office; public relations for the Ohio governor's office; Ohio Department of Agriculture; City of Buffalo affirmative action/equal employment opportunity compliance officer
City salary: $52,000 + $1,000 stipend for chairing Civil Service Committee
What music have you been listening to lately?
Whitney Houston, and the television reality music competition "The Voice." I love music and great talent.
What's one thing people don't know about you?
I worked for the State of Ohio Department of Agriculture climbing and measuring grain silos as an accounting supervisor. I also started my third term in January 2012 and am the only female serving on the Buffalo Common Council (eight years and counting...).
Who's your political hero?
My husband. He never compromises his integrity.
What's your favorite restaurant?
I enjoy dining at various restaurants located in the University District. The University District has a great variety to choose from.
What's the worst part of your job?
Not being able to spend more quality time with my three grandchildren: Wayne, Isabelle and Jazmine.
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