The race for City Council president is one gigantic swirl with veterans and young insurgents taking a look at the city’s top legislative spot to replace outgoing Tom McCarthy. Who has the inside track for 11 votes?
In discussions with several council members it appears no one has cracked that majority of the whole threshold. Council veteran Aidee Nieves has been working it. So too veteran council members Eneida Martinez, AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia, Denese Taylor-Moye. Word is Nieves and Taylor-Moye may have brokered an alliance. Then there’s some sentiment for the new kids on the block Christina Smith and Marcus Brown. Former council president Ernie Newton sees himself as a compromise candidate. Municipal officials will receive the oath of office on Sunday. A council president vote is scheduled for Monday night, but could be delayed until the two seats in the 133rd District are officially filled. The district’s representation from Jeanette Herron and McCarthy will continue until completion of the Democratic primary which is being challenged in court and outcome of the general election scheduled for Dec. 12.
Martinez has been vocal on her Facebook page about the council presidency vote:
December 4th is on and popping at Council Chambers. I can accept not being liked…I AM NOT FAKE, PHONEY, OR AN ASS KISSER! I AM THAT LEADER!!!!
I am not vocal because I get millions for it. I am vocal and truth spoken because the people need to know what is happening. The political machine will not win the COUNCIL PRESIDENT SEAT….THE TRUTH WILL PREVAIL MONDAY!!!
PROMISES SHOULDN’T BE MADE AND DEALS SHOULDN’T BE CUT TO WIN LEADERSHIP.
New council member Pete Spain from the 130th District, covering Black Rock and a portion of West End, has asked all potential candidates to submit a resume and statement of qualification. On paper, at least, his incoming council colleague the cerebral Smith has an impressive background with degrees from Princeton and New York University. She’s also no stranger to Bridgeport government having served as director of Central Grants for a few years during the Bill Finch mayoral years. Some council veterans assert the new council members need some seasoning before taking on the top spot which makes committee assignments and is next in line should a vacancy occur in the mayor’s office. Spain’s email to incoming council members:
Good afternoon! I look forward to working with each of you to address our constituents’ needs, to advance a stakeholder vision for our city that will improve its economic and cultural vitality, and to bring innovative, equitable, and lasting solutions to Bridgeport’s challenges.
My constituents want to know who’s running for City Council President, what they have to offer, and what they plan to do.
In the interest of giving careful consideration to each of you who believes that you should be our next City Council President, I invite each of you who will be contending for the position to please e-mail me–and anyone else you’d like to share with–the following information by 11:59 PM December 1, 2017:
(1) Your current resume;
(2) A brief statement regarding:
(A) Why you believe that you’re best suited to lead the City Council at this critical time;
(B) What you expect the Council to be able to achieve in the next 6 months, 12 months, and next two years for the betterment of Bridgeport under your leadership;
(C) What changes you, as City Council President, will make regarding how the City Council operates, and why this matters.
(3) In light of your statements, provide the total hours per week you’re prepared to work to be the City Council President that you envision and, please, enumerate any and all competing responsibilities and schedule limitations. If you want ownership of this, I’m hopeful that you’ll do so responsibly.