Buffalo Common Council 101
[POLITICS] This could be a pivotal year for Buffalo’s Common Council: The Lovejoy and Fillmore district councilmen are both stepping down, and there are candidates considering challenging incumbents in each of the other seven district as well. Among those candidates are many who have never engaged the political process before, which makes their candidacies both promising (for city government) and daunting (for them and those who would support them). It is for these folks that the OUR CITY COALITION—an umbrella group of activists and activist organizations—present Buffalo Common Council 101 on Wednesday, February 20 in the Buffalo Commons Classroom in the Market Arcade building downtown. The purpose is to teach would-be candidates ond their supporters how to petition to get on the ballot for the primary election, which will be held in June this year instead of September, thanks to recently passed state legislation. (Petitioning begins at the end of this month.) Although the Council has developed a reputation for sleepiness and complacency in recent years, it need not be that: It has robust policymaking powers. If you’d like to help create a legislative body that realizes its powers, attend this workshop. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.