By Jill Terreri
The resumes for a vacant seat on the Buffalo Common Council have arrived in the city clerk's office, and they include the Council's chief of staff, a union representative at Goodyear/Dunlop Tire Corp., a longtime city employee and a video surveillance monitor for the Buffalo Police Department.
The clerk's office has received eight resumes for a vacancy in the University District as of the end of the day today.
- Mary M. O'Rourke, of 54 Allenhurst Road, a 27-year civil service employee of the city's Department of Management Information Systems.
- Rasheed N.C. Wyatt, 73 Easton Ave., chief of staff to the Buffalo Common Council for the last year, senior legislative assistant in the Council staff office for a year before that.
- Archie L. Amos Jr., 63 Huntley Road, University District Councilman from 1985 to 1993, previously worked as a city school teacher and firefighter.
- Michael V. Hicks Jr., of 467 Shirley Ave., a 20-year University District resident and a union representative at Goodyear/Dunlop Tire Corp.
- Chris W. Brown Jr., of 1520 Kensington Ave., a 17-year University District resident and video surveillance monitor for the Buffalo Police Department since Sept. 2011. Brown has a background in mental health.
- Lilton L. Kelley, no address provided, a member of the Buffalo Police Department since 1986, and a detective since 1994.
- Nellie B. King, 20 Treehaven Road, who has a master of science in education and worked as a teacher, elementary school principal and superintendent of the Lackawanna City School District.
- Reginald J. Griggs, 158 Wright Ave., resource manager of the state HIV Counseling Hotline at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
The Council will choose the successor for University Council Member Bonnie Russell, who ended her 10-year Council career last week. She was the only woman on the nine-member Council.
O'Rourke, one of two women to apply, wrote to Council members, "I look forward to the opportunity serving as Councilmember Russell's successor, as it is important that a woman's voice is continually and consistently represented."
Wyatt's name has been mentioned as a front-runner for the position. He regularly interacts with all of the people who will be appointing Russell's replacement, and is close with Council President Darius G. Pridgen.
Applicants must have lived in the University District for at least a year and must be a Democrat, as Russell is.
The Erie County Democratic Committee is meeting this weekend to make its endorsement, though the Council does not have to abide by it.
Whomever is appointed will serve for the rest of the year, and a special election will be held in November. Another election will be held in 2015, when all Council seats are subject to a vote.
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