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The lessons I learned growing up in the Episcopal Church, as the daughter of a social worker, and a student in Mr. Cain's American Federal Government class created my sense of service. As a scientist, I'm a problem solver. When I serve as county legislator, I will apply my problem solving skills to the issues that face our community. As a graduate student, I advocated for student parents and helped established the family resource center. Now that I've returned to the Southern Tier, I've brought my experience in academia to the Corning Community College Regional Board of Trustees. I know what it's like to be a non-traditional student, teach students, and develop curriculum. Now I'd like to bring fresh ideas to the Chemung County Legislature.
Chemung County needs greater communication between government at the county level and local municipalities. Recently, local policy has come from the top down rather than in collaboration with local municipalities. As a result, many of our cities and towns are struggling to cover their budgets. Because of decisions made at the county level, towns are faced with raising taxes or levying taxes for the first time. The county has avoided raising its taxes by sacrificing the municipalities within its borders. I pledge to meet regularly with the leadership of the Town of Southport and carry their concerns to the county. I will also keep them informed of decisions made by the county that impact the budgets or ability to govern.
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I was born and raised in Pine City, where I attended Pine City Elementary, played on countless Southport Receration Teams, and have had a life long love affair with Fair Shake. I left the area for college but have since returned after earning a doctorate in Molecular Biology. While I'm a local gal, I built connections that extend around the world as a student in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
I'm running for Chemung County Legislature because we need fresh ideas and new ways to address decades old problems. The status quo has not been working and I don't believe voting in the establishment candidates is going to change our current trajectory. I'll bring my problem solving skills, my recent experience founding a startup company, my network of connections, and my ability to listen to you, the voter, as I tackle the issues that face our county.
I envision the county as a place with something to offer our young people, a place to start your company, that offers jobs that will support our middle class families, that serves our veterans, and that cares for our aging population.