When Brian Davis officially resigned last week he created an amazing opportunity to change Buffalo politics. Davis's criminal missteps left an opening on the council that can be filled by a honest, hard-working citizen that can help cure what ails Buffalo.
In most political situations when a seat is vacated mid-term, politics goes into play; mayor, governors, or party bosses appoint "their" guy and the party politics continue as usual. But, the Common Council presents a unique opportunity, because a council subcommittee chooses the successor based on an applicant list. The only requirement is that the person is the same political affiliation and from the district of the opening.
Is there still a chance of politics as usual? Of course, but there is also an opportunity to recruit an individual that wants to put the city first. It's not often there is a chance to bypass the political machine that runs this city. It's also a chance to get true representation for a city district that needs a voice.
There's someone out there that's ready to heed the call. A smart, educated individual that lives in a council district that has been deteriorating for 20 years. There's a person that knows they can help be the voice of change for a district that has been written off by most of the city. I only hope the council hears that person's call.