I'm happy to announce that I will be running for reelection to the Tompkins County Legislature in 2021!
I have served on the Legislature since 2018, during which time I have been an advocate for environmental protections, health and human services, and good government. I have served on the Planning, Energy, and Environmental Quality Committee, the Budget, Capitol, and Personnel Committee, the Health and Human Services Committee, the Complete Count Census Committee, and the Government Operations Committee, which I chaired in 2020 and will chair in 2021. Additionally, I have served as liaison or member to a variety of agency boards including, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Tompkins County Public Library, County Office for the Aging, Health Planning Council, Environmental Management Council and Waste Reduction subcommittee, Water Resources Council and HABs subcommittee, and Public Information Advisory Board.
A few of the projects I have focused on include fighting for a local plastic bag ban, supporting the TC Poet Laureate program, passing a policy to cease purchase of plastics and Styrofoam within County operations, revising the County forest management plan, updating the County website, undertaking a revision of the Rules of the Legislature, and more.
“I’m proud to serve the people of the Town of Ithaca as their County Legislator. It has been an incredible learning experience to get to know the policies and procedures of County government and I feel honored to have a seat at the table. Most importantly, I have learned that this job is about listening to people, hearing their concerns, and doing what I can to connect them to the help they need. Particularly during this difficult year of 2020, I see my role as a conduit between the constantly shifting landscape of our government response to Covid-19 and the people who very much need information and support. It has been a tough year and I’m grateful to have been in a position to help others.
I am excited to serve the community for another four years as a Legislator, and hope my neighbors and fellow District 12 residents will see me fit to continue in this position.”
All 14 Legislature seats are up for election this year. The designated petitioning process begins February 23rd, with the primary on June 22nd, and the general election on November 2nd. Find more information at the Tompkins County Board of Elections.