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.
Christopher P. Scanlon
Job title: Buffalo Common Council member, South District
Family: Married to Katie (Wopperer) Scanlon, no children. Son of John and Paula Scanlon, six siblings.
Education: Bishop Timon St. Jude High School; A.S. Business Administration, Erie Community College.
Party affiliation: Democrat
Previous work experience: Assistant manager, WNY Pub Group; shift manager, UPS.
City salary: $52,000
What's your favorite restaurant?
There are so many incredible restaurants in our city. That’s one thing people from outside Buffalo do not realize. So it’s a tough question, but in South Buffalo I really enjoy the Blackthorn, the Brick Oven Bistro and Imperial Pizza.
What's one thing people don't know about you?
I love to cook. I find it very relaxing. My wife and I really enjoy entertaining people at our house, so we get to spend good quality time together in the kitchen preparing for guests.
Who's your political hero?
My father. He was involved for so many years, he helped out so many people, and never wanted anything in return. Not too many days pass where I don’t come across someone that tells me about how much they appreciate something my father did for them.
Has your prior experience in the restaurant business helped you in your role as a member of the Council?
I believe so. The restaurant business is a customer relations business and from what I’ve seen so far, so is my new position with the Council. I have really enjoyed getting out and meeting new people in the district and using my background dealing with customers to help transition to this new role. Also, I think my prior experiences give me a sense of the challenges people with small businesses face. I know the daily troubles that may arise and how they may affect those businesses in the long run.
What has surprised you about the job since joining the Council?
That I am enjoying it even more than I thought I would. I have loved meeting people and trying to help them any way possible. The first month has been very rewarding.
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