Former legislator candidate urges more people, especially women, to seek elected office locally
With the election season heating up, people are already starting to think about next year’s local elections.
Recently, I have had several people (Democrats and Republicans) reach out to me, urging me to run for the County Legislature again. I want to be clear: I will not be running for any elected office next year.
Due to other personal commitments, I would not be able to give the voters and residents what they deserve—my undivided attention and dedication.
With this being said, I encourage more people to run for office next year. Democrats—it is an uphill battle, but it’s possible. Take a chance! Republicans—step up to challenge the incumbents and endorsed candidates in primaries!
What I would like to see the most is more women running for county offices. Women make up over 50 percent of our population in Orleans County, yet only one legislator is a woman—Legislator Lynne Johnson.
Women, please step up and run, with or without party backing! Also, with all due respect to other elected officials—I think it would be nice to have a “Chairwoman” of the County Legislature, after having a “Chairman” for so many years.