With the effort to fill a vacant Sixth Ward City Council seat trapped in politics — some of the personal variety — Democrats and Republicans called for a truce Wednesday night and vowed to work together to get the ward direct representation.
That came after four Democrats — Steve Valentino, Jason Hagerman, Ken Camera and Mark Gramling — failed to attend a special meeting last Tuesday, May 28, because they claimed they didn’t know far enough in advance that they were meeting to interview two candidates who had expressed interest in the Sixth Ward seat.
It was Valentino who asked them not to show. Democrat Angelina Marino was not contacted by Valentino.
Mayor Ron Alcock offered a motion at last night’s City Council meeting to appoint Lisa Salotti to the seat, seconded by fellow Republican Gordy Eddington. She was one of the two interviewed last week, the other being John Salone. Salotti, a Republican, was an assistant to former state sen. Mike Nozzolio and now works for State Sen. Pam Helming, said Alcock.