6 Candidates Remain for South District Seat

April 16, 2012 Updated Apr 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

April 16, 2012 Updated Apr 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -The search for a new Buffalo Common Council Member is narrowing. The final 6 candidates were interviewed by city lawmakers Monday to fill the South District Seat. The South District Common Council Seat is currently empty, left vacant by Mickey Kearns. Kearns won in a special election for the 154th New York State Assembly District. The candidates range in experience and background.

The candidates include:

-Matthew Fisher, who is endorsed by the South District Democratic Committee and served as an aid for Kearns.

-Anthony Verel, who is a former world champion kick-boxer.

-Bryan Bollman, who is a legislative aid for Council Member Richard Fontana.

-Patrick Burke, who currently works as a bartender at the Buffalo Irish Center.

-Joseph Gartler III, who is an employee at Meritain Health.

-Linda Bain, who is a registered nurse.

The successful candidate will need 5 votes for appointment. The newly appointed common council member would serve until the end of the year, and also have a chance to run in the special election in the fall for the remainder of the term.