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Second set of interviews scheduled for South seat candidates

The Buffalo Common Council is inviting five new candidates for public interviews for the South District seat Tuesday morning.

The candidates submitted resumes as part of the second round of the search to fill the vacant South seat, which followed a first round where none of the candidates emerged with the support of enough lawmakers.

The interviews will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall.

Earlier today, Majority Leader Demone A. Smith said he was not sure whether there would be public interviews or if the new set of candidates would interview one-on-one with lawmakers.

The five candidates to be interviewed are Frank Badaszewski, James J. Creahan, Kevin M. Lafferty, Christopher P. Scanlon and Thomas J. Sullivan. (Click their last names to read their resumes.)

The South seat has been open since Michael P. Kearns won a March 20 special election for State Assembly. After none in the first round of candidates could garner the five votes necessary for the appointment, the Council reopened the search April 30.

Former Kearns aide Matthew Fisher received the endorsement of the Democratic Party committeemen in the South District, and has had the support of four lawmakers.

--Aaron Besecker
Follow me on Twitter: @BeseckerBN

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