*The fiancee of police shooting victim Sean Bell is considering running for the Queens City Council seat in New York left vacant when Councilman Thomas White died, Politico reported Wednesday night.
Nicole Paultre-Bell, who was to marry Sean Bell the day he was gunned down by 50 police bullets, may run in a special election in November for the seat in southern Queens.
Her lawyer refused to comment on the report, but coyly mentioned that she would pay her respects to White at his funeral today, reports the New York Daily News.
“I know she’s going to the funeral,” said lawyer Sanford Rubenstein.
Paultre Bell, who lives in the Rockaways, controls Sean Bell’s estate, which recently won a more than $3 million settlement from the city over the Nov. 25, 2006, shooting of the unarmed man.
She has become increasingly politically active and is a fixture at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network meetings in Harlem.
White, 71, died last Friday after a long battle with cancer. He served in the Council for 15 years in two separate stretches, after leaving office in between due to the term limits law. He survived a primary challenge last year from political upstart Lynn Nunes by a mere four votes.