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Five Questions with Darius Pridgen

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.

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Ellicott Council Member Darius G. Pridgen speaks during a Jan. 24 meeting of the Buffalo Common Council. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

Darius G. Pridgen

The basics
Age: 47
Job title: Buffalo Common Council member, Ellicott district
Family: Father of three girls and two boys (all adults); grandfather of six.
Education: B.S. in criminal justice (Buffalo State); master's degree in organizational leadership (Medaille)
Party affiliation: Democrat
Other current employment: Senior servant of True Bethel Baptist Church
Previous work experience: U.S. Air Force; U.S. Postal Service; Spanish teacher at School 43
City salary: $52,000 + $1,000 stipend for chairing Legislation Committee

The questions
You use an iPad during Council meetings. Outside of doing city work, what are some the apps you use the most?
I better clarify that the iPad is my personal equipment but I do use it for work. When I am not checking and answering e-mails, researching the charter or other research I use The touch Bible, Big Commentary, Facebook and Buffalo News apps.

What music have you been listening to lately?
I have been listening to Luther Vandross version of “What the World Needs Now” over and over because I had to remember the words for a duet I am doing with Council Member [Bonnie] Russell at a Mother’s Day event. Regularly I enjoy listening to Gospel and slow soul. I am often spotted bobbing my head and keeping the beat on my steering wheel (while safely operating my vehicle lol).

What's one thing people don't know about you?
I am a super introvert.  Crowds actually make me somewhat nervous. Whenever I have to speak somewhere, I go through this ritual to convince myself I can do it again without bombing out.

Who's your political hero?
Jesus is my political hero, he offered a new Kingdom. I try to model my dealing with people like Jesus did. The leading of God for the betterment of the people was his agenda and I try everyday to make it mine. Jesus had people for him and he had people against him, but he kept working for a better situation for all people. After Jesus, it would have to be President Obama.

What's your favorite restaurant?
Subway, of course. [There's a Subway attached to Pridgen's church.]

--Aaron Besecker
Follow me on Twitter: @BeseckerBN

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