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Braddock council to select interim mayor Tuesday

Jamie Martines
| Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, 3:36 p.m.
In this Sept. 21, 2018 photo Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman speaks at a campaign rally for Pennsylvania candidates in Philadelphia. Fetterman, Pennsylvania's newly elected lieutenant governor, says he does not plan to move into the lavish state-owned official residence and hopes to make it available for some type of public use. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this Sept. 21, 2018 photo Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman speaks at a campaign rally for Pennsylvania candidates in Philadelphia. Fetterman, Pennsylvania's newly elected lieutenant governor, says he does not plan to move into the lavish state-owned official residence and hopes to make it available for some type of public use. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
The sun rises over the Monongahela Valley as smoke slowly rises from U.S. Steel’s Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
The sun rises over the Monongahela Valley as smoke slowly rises from U.S. Steel’s Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.

Braddock Borough Council will swear in an interim mayor Tuesday, choosing between finalists Isaac Bunn and Pedro Valles.

“We felt that both of them could handle the designated responsibility of being mayor well, and we felt confident that they were the top two candidates” Council President Tina Doose said Monday.

The new interim mayor will have the option of running in the May primary and must win the November general election to keep the seat.

The six-member council will also vote to accept outgoing Mayor and Lt. Gov.-elect John Fetterman’s resignation at the beginning of the meeting, before voting on the new mayor, Doose said.

Candidates will then have five minutes each to address the public on why they want to be Braddock’s new mayor.

The candidate must receive at least four votes to win. In the event of a tie, the outgoing mayor will not cast the tie-breaking vote, she said.

“I don’t anticipate a tie,” Doose said.

In all other council votes, the mayor does have the power to cast a tie-breaking vote.

Bunn, 49, is a 1988 graduate of Woodland Hills High School with certificates in cooking, restaurant and business management from Forbes Road East Career and Technical School in Monroeville, he told the Tribune-Review in December.

He has worked in corporate financial, food service and management fields for about 30 years and runs the Braddock-based nonprofit Braddock Inclusion Project, which was founded in 2015 to improve the quality of life, health and economic conditions for residents of the borough.

“I’m glad that the opportunity came for the community to take control of itself,” Bunn said. “I just think it’s a great time for the community to go in a new direction.”

Valles, 53, moved to the Pittsburgh area in 1995 and has since settled in Braddock, he told the Tribune-Review in December. He’s an officer with the Rankin Police Department and is assigned as a school resource officer at the Rankin Promise School in the Woodland Hills School District.

He previously served as a police officer in Braddock and was elected constable for Braddock’s second ward.

Valles could not be reached for comment Monday.

Fetterman will be sworn in as lieutenant governor alongside Gov. Tom Wolf on Jan. 15.

The Fetterman family plans to continue living in Braddock as the lieutenant governor shuttles to Harrisburg and other parts of the state.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jamie at 724-850-2867, jmartines@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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