Thursday, February 14, 2008

Brenda Frazier resigns...

Brenda Frazier has resigned from Allegheny County Council to pursue a seat in the 21st legislative district.

From today's Post-Gazette:

Brenda Frazier resigned from Allegheny County Council on Monday to pursue a seat in the state Legislature, but she may be able to regain her council seat if her legislative bid is unsuccessful.

Ms. Frazier, 66, of Stanton Heights, filed election papers this week to run for the 21st Legislative District seat, which covers Pittsburgh's eastern neighborhoods.

Ms. Frazier, who was first elected to County Council in 2001 to fill the two-year unexpired term of the late former County Commissioner Tom Foerster, ended her tenure on council effective Feb. 11.

The word is that the vacated position may be filled with a leader who plans to step down if Frazier should lose in the primary election on April 22. Council members would then vote to appoint Frazier to the vacancy.

Allegheny County Council members are denying that a deal has been made but it sounds like something that would happen in local politics here.

Frazier resigned the seat due to a rule on council that forces members to resign if pursuing a different political seat. That said, I don't think she has a chance of winning this election -- Frazier is a total underdog.

Additionally, she is one of the county council members that voted in favor of the drink tax last December. I have serious issues with the way the tax was presented and would have a hard time supporting any candidate who OK'd this levy.

I'll try to find more about Frazier and will let you know.

Working to keep you posted...

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