Evette Brantley, a stalwart political leader of the West Side and West End, including more than a decade representing the City Council’s 132nd District, has passed away from an extended illness.
From her council partner Marcus Brown:
Evette was the most caring and selfless person that I’ve known. Evette would give the shirt of her back to a stranger that needed it. Our district will feel the impact from the loss of the most selfless elected official in Bridgeport. Evette was my family and I was hers. We may never feel whole again, but with the thought and memory of Evette, we can only try to measure up to the commitment she gave to the community. Rest in peace.
From 132nd Democratic District Leader Tom Gaudett:
On behalf of the 132nd Town Committee, I’d like to honor the life and service of Councilwoman Mary Evette Brantley who dedicated decades of service to the city of Bridgeport. She cared about the most vulnerable in our community, and fought for the needs of the people she served on the East End and most recently on the West End.
On a personal note, Evette was like family to us, and we will miss her fun spirit and care that she showed to all of us. We wish our sincerest condolences and support Evette’s family. She will always be in our fondest memories.
From City Council President Aidee Nieves:
The Bridgeport City Council is mourning the untimely passing of our friend and colleague Mary Evette Brantley. Committed to the City of Bridgeport throughout her life she was a dedicated public servant who was a fierce advocate for children and passionate in ensuring them safe and loving homes. Likewise, a person of great faith, Councilwoman Brantley was a selfless individual who through countless acts of compassion worked to improve the lives of those less fortunate and the homeless in Bridgeport. Councilwoman Brantley served both the East End of Bridgeport and most recently, the West End of Bridgeport. The impact she made to the city of Bridgeport was immeasurable and will not be forgotten. Her passing is an incredible loss for the city, and we will miss her dearly. The City Council would like to wish the Brantley family our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
City Charter regulations state the City Council fills the seat of a council vacancy. Elected officials will receive the oath of office on December 1. This vacancy may have a different wrinkle being it’s after election but prior to oath of office.
From the City Charter:
Whenever a vacancy occurs, for any reason, in the membership of the city council, such vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term by a majority vote of the city council members from the same political party as the council member vacating such office. If there are no other members from the same political party as the member vacating such office, the vacancy shall be filled by majority vote of the whole number of council members. No person shall be elected to fill a vacancy on the city council unless he/she is a resident and registered voter of the city and is a member of the same political party as the person vacating such office. No person shall be elected to fill a vacancy in the office of any council member unless he/she is also a resident and registered voter in the same council district as the person vacating such office.
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