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Former Murder Convict Running For City Council In Palm Bay

Transgender Mayoral candidate Rosemary Ketchum (right) speaks with City Council member Ben Seidler (left) during a City Council meeting On Friday, April 5, 2024, in Wheeling, W.Va. (AP Photo/Kathleen

A Florida man with a controversial past is making headlines as he runs for a city council seat in Palm Bay, aiming to bring positive change to the coastal town. Michael Bruyette, 59, who was previously convicted of murder in Massachusetts, spent three decades in prison for his involvement in a fatal incident in 1985.

Bruyette's case stemmed from a situation where he and two others were solicited by a friend to kill her abusive ex-husband. The plan was allegedly fueled by the ex-husband's abusive behavior towards the friend. Bruyette, who was 19 at the time, admitted to participating in the attack but maintained that he did not intend to kill the man.

Despite his troubled past, Bruyette is now running for a city council position, emphasizing his desire to improve the community. He has outlined key campaign points, including allocating more resources to the Palm Bay Police, establishing a Boys and Girls Club in the city, advocating for insurance reform, and promoting affordable housing options.

As a parent himself, Bruyette expressed concerns for at-risk youth in the area who may lack access to safe and affordable recreational activities. He believes that providing free and secure recreational options can positively impact the community and steer young individuals away from potential risks.

Bruyette's candidacy has sparked discussions among locals, with some expressing openness to his transparency and willingness to address important issues. Despite his criminal background, Bruyette remains undeterred and is determined to make a difference in Palm Bay.

The city council election, where Bruyette is a candidate for Seat 3, is scheduled for November 5, with a primary election set for August 20. Bruyette's parole officer has permitted his participation in the election, and he is actively engaged in campaigning efforts to connect with voters and share his vision for the city.

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