City officials in Brockton have begun the process of appointing someone to serve the remaining term of Ward 6 School Committee member Mike Healy, who died last month unexpectedly. Because of the circumstances, a city ordinance states that a joint meeting of the school committee and city council must be called. School Committee Vice Chairman Tom Minichiello took a moment to explain.
“We will convene as a joint body, hopefully in three or four weeks, we will entertain a letter of interest from people, who are interested in filling the seat,” Minichiello said. “Then all members of the city council and school committee would receive those letters of interest, review them and get together to make a decision on who would replace Michael Healy.”
At the moment, there are five residents that are vying for the open seat. Minichiello expects more people to come forward, because the individual that is selected does not have to reside in the ward to be appointed. Jacob Tagger, who ran for Councilor-at-Large last fall, is one of the candidates that has submitted a letter of interest for the position.
“This is an opportunity for me to have a seat at the table, to have a voice for my generation and to encourage the younger generation to be involved in the political system,” said Tagger.
Ossie Jordan, a current water commission, is another resident seeking to fill the open seat. He says he isn’t surprised to see so much interest in the position.
“A number of individuals started with the school department and moved onto the city council and have gone on from there to the state level and sometimes the federal level as far as politics, being a representative of the people,” Jordan explains. “This provides an opportunity for a number of individuals, that are interested, to throw their hat in the ring and see if they can get appointed.
Other names being mentioned include Joyce Asack, Democratic City Chairman Steve Foote and former school committee member James Daley. The outcome of the 10th Plymouth District State Representative race in November, could have an effect on the Ward 6 city council seat in 2015. The current Ward 6 councilor Michelle Dubois is running for the state rep seat being vacated by Christine Canavan. If Dubois wins that seat, she’s expected to finish out her city council term, but would not seek re-election for that seat.
Meanwhile, Mayor Bill Carpenter along with members of school committee and Brockton City Council are currently discussing possible dates and times to hold a joint meeting to select an interim school committee member. The latest word is that the meeting could take place in late April or early May.