Long-time Ward 5 alderman Sean O’Donovan unexpectedly stepped on April 11 Because there’s less than one year remaining in his term, O’Donovan was tasked at nominating a successor. Courtney O’Keefe, a 32-year-old who runs Ward5Online.com and previously served on the city’s Zoning Review Committee and Human Rights Commission, was recommended.
Aldermen Bruce Desmond and Bob Trane called for O’Keefe to be appointed immediately. After a two-week hiatus, the Desmond-led committee voted to approve O’Keefe’s appointment on Thursday, April 25. O’Keefe is Somerville’s first openly gay city official.
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