Zeneta Everhart, the mother of Buffalo mass shooting survivor Zaire Goodman, will run for a seat on the Buffalo Common Council.
On May 14, 2022, accused gunman, Payton S. Gendron, traveled multiple hours to Topps Grocery Store in Buffalo, New York and opened fire using an automatic weapon. The shooting left at least 10 people dead and several others injured, including Zaire Goodman. Goodman was shot in the neck, but survived.
In the months after the shooting, Everhart has been a vocal advocate for change in Buffalo and around the county. She has testified before Congress, earned a mention from President Joe Biden during the State of the Union address and worked in Senator Tim Kennedy’s office.
The seat Everhart is pursuing is currently held by Ulysees Wingo. Two weeks ago, Wingo said he would not seek re-election after being offered a different position.
“I am not running for re-election, that is because I’ve been given an offer by an organization to do the work I am doing right now on a more personal level,” Wingo said.
“The impact will be more personal. I am ecstatic, I am grateful, I am pleased.”
In his absence, Everhart will contend for the seat alongside former mayoral candidate India Walton.