Candidates for Tompkins County, New York State, and Congressional Elections

Elections will be on November 8, 2022

United States Senate

Chuck Schumer

Endorsed by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee

Chuck’s spent his entire career fighting for working New Yorkers. Now as the Democratic Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate, he’s ushering in a new era of bold change to rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic, stop the climate crisis, and save our democracy.

United States Congress – NY 19th Congressional District
Twitter: @JoshuaUE99
Facebook: @JoshRileyNY

Josh Riley

Endorsed by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee

My name is Josh Riley, and I am a Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 19th Congressional District.  I am so excited to get to work with you and for you! Together, we will flip this seat from red-to-blue in November and bring change to Upstate New York.

I was born and raised in Endicott, where my family worked for generations in the local factories. Those were good, blue-collar jobs that could earn you a place in the Middle Class even if you didn’t have a college degree – so long as you had a strong work ethic. 

As my generation came of age, we lost a lot of those jobs. I delivered the newspaper to my neighbors every morning, and it often had headlines about Upstate New York’s job losses right next to headlines about Wall Street’s capital gains.  That experience has motivated much of what I have done throughout my career. 

With (a lot of) student loans, savings from my newspaper route, and part-time work, I attended the College of William & Mary and Harvard Law School. At my law school graduation, future Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan presented me with the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership.

After law school, I turned down offers to work for the big banks on Wall Street and instead moved to South Florida to work with the American Academy of Pediatrics on a landmark civil rights lawsuit representing kids from low-income families who had difficulty accessing healthcare services.

My experience in Congress includes working as a Staff Assistant for Congressman Maurice Hinchey, as a Heyman Fellow for Senator Ted Kennedy’s Labor & Pensions Committee Staff, and as Senator Al Franken’s General Counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.  I also worked as a Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Labor and as a Law Clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

I’m running for Congress to protect and strengthen our Democracy; to revitalize the economy in Upstate New York; and to restore opportunity for neighborhoods like the one in which I grew up in. 

I am so excited to meet with members of the community over the course of this campaign. 

New York State Governor

Kathy Hochul

Endorsed by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee

As Governor, Kathy has taken decisive action to deliver immediate relief to working and middle class families and small businesses, beat back the pandemic, and accelerate New York’s economic recovery. In addition, she has reaffirmed New York’s position as a national leader in defending reproductive rights and in combating climate change.

Governor Hochul has also introduced a bold agenda to promote greater equity and expand opportunity for every New Yorker — from making New York more affordable to helping small businesses keep their doors open, strengthening public safety, and leading the fight for justice, dignity, and equality for all.

While she is making history as New York’s first female Governor, Kathy came to Albany to make a difference. She is dedicated to fighting for every single New Yorker and ensuring our State comes back from this pandemic stronger than ever before.

New York State Lieutenant Governor

Antonio Delgado

Endorsed by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee

Born and raised in Schenectady, Antonio is a native New Yorker. His parents worked hard for General Electric, benefited from a thriving economy, and were able to pursue the American
Dream of building a better future for Antonio and his younger brother.

In 2018, Antonio decided to run for Congress because for too long, leaders in Washington failed to give voice to working people struggling to achieve the American Dream. For too long they failed to provide a vision forward in an ever-changing global economy that left thousands of New Yorkers behind. Since taking office in 2019, Antonio has maintained his commitment to effective and bipartisan lawmaking that delivers real results and has had 18 bills signed into law.

Antonio has been a fierce advocate for New York, helping us recover from the COVID-19
pandemic, protecting our small businesses and supporting family farms. The latest federal
rescue plan included Antonio’s Direct Support for Communities Act which delivers $130.2 billion in aid directly to local communities, including $10.8 billion to counties, towns, and villages in New York.

New York State Attorney General

Letitia James

Endorsed by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Attorney General Letitia ‘Tish’ James has spent her entire career working for the public good. She is the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York, and the first woman to be elected New York Attorney General.

Letitia has been a public defender, worked in Albany, and served on the New York City Council, where she passed legislation forcing landlords to improve living conditions in the city’s worst buildings, and helped to uncover the $600 million CityTime fraud, the biggest in city history. In 2013, she was elected Public Advocate for the City of New York. Her office handled over 32,000 constituent complaints and passed more legislation than all previous Public Advocates combined, including a groundbreaking law that banned questions about salary history from the hiring process, to help close the gender pay gap. As Public Advocate, she stood up for our most vulnerable communities and served as a watchdog over New York City government agencies. Her leadership transformed the Public Advocate’s office into a formidable engine of change.

New York State Comptroller

Tom DiNapoli

Endorsed by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee

Thomas P. DiNapoli proudly serves the people as the 54th Comptroller of the State of New York. He is known for his integrity, independence and steadfast leadership.

Tom was appointed Comptroller in 2007 when the office was mired in scandal. He immediately took steps to restore the reputation and integrity of the Comptroller’s office. He has aggressively fought public corruption and the misuse of taxpayers’ dollars. He has spoken out against fiscal gimmicks and government inefficiency. He has strengthened one of the nation’s top public pension funds, which stands at an all-time high audited value of $258.1 billion. The people elected him to full terms in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

New York State Senate District 52
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Lea Webb

Born and raised in Binghamton in a blue collar, union-member family, my life’s work has always included public service. One of my first roles was as a community organizer with Citizen Action, building support for more equitable access to health care and fairer education spending. In 2007, I ran for local office because I saw that’s where real decisions are made that affect people’s daily lives. I defeated the sitting President of the Binghamton City Council, becoming the first Black person ever elected to Council. Reelected in 2011, I served the Council’s limit of eight years. 
Since 2013, I’ve been working as an educator at Binghamton University, providing diversity, equity and inclusion trainings and programs for faculty, staff, and students. In this role, I am a proud UUP/NYSUT union member. 
I’ve stayed involved in electoral politics as a national trainer with Vote Run Lead, training thousands of women across the country on how to run for elected office. I was a Co-Chair/Co-Founder of the Black Millennial Political Convention and a Founding Board Member of Local Progress. I’m proud to have been honored with the President’s Award by the Broome-Tioga Branch of the NAACP for my significant contributions to our community.
I’m a strong believer that we need leaders that walk the talk. So as I ask for your support to represent our region in Albany, I want you to know what I’ve done with my years in elected office. Please see my website for my thoughts on the   climate, housing, human rights, jobs and small business, unions and workers, so much more. 
I know there is so much more to do to create equitable opportunities for all, and a safe and healthy future for our children. My issue focus areas include better, affordable housing for rural and urban communities, a healthy and resilient environment, quality healthcare, and common sense, equitable investments in our communities. I ask for your support during my campaign for State Senate so I can bring your voice to Albany and together we can continue the work that needs to be done for our region. 

New York State Assembly District 125

Anna Kelles

Endorsed by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee

Anna Kelles is a Public Health scientist by training and a lifelong advocate for environmental and human rights. She is a New York State Assemblymember for NY district 125, representing both Tompkins County and southwest Cortland County.

Anna’s public service is driven by her deep connection to the people of the Southern Tier and her desire to preserve our natural habitat, rich with lakes, wetlands, farms, and forests. She knows that good governance is NOT about business deals and transactions. It’s about governing fairly, so everyone gets what they need to reach their full potential, and the planet is honored and sustained. That’s what she fights for each day in Albany.

Tompkins County Sheriff

Derek Osborne

Endorsed by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee

When the public elects someone to the position of Sheriff, they are entrusting that person with their safety and the best quality of life possible. You deserve someone who will cherish that role and not waver, tire, or falter from their commitment to serving them.

Starting in 1995 as a patrol officer for the City of Cortland, I transferred to the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office in 2001. Once here, I worked myself up through the ranks from Deputy Sheriff to Investigator, Senior Investigator (Lt.), Captain, and Undersheriff before retiring in 2015.

In 2018, I was elected Sheriff and began serving my first term in January 2019.

Not only do I have the experience to lead the Sheriff’s Office, but I also have the vision to continue improving community relations and operational efficiencyand while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

In these divisive times, you can count on me to serve all people of Tompkins County with honor, pride, and integrity, whether it be during a time of victimization or in the treatment of a loved one housed in the Tompkins County Jail.

I appreciate your continued support!

Tompkins County Clerk

Maureen Reynolds

Endorsed by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee

I have 29 years’ experience working in and leading a county clerk’s office. The Tompkins County Clerk’s Office is the most technologically advanced county clerk’s office in NYS. We oversee all of the land records (deeds, mortgages, ….), and supreme & county court records – and make them available on the internet for researchers, the legal community, and the public.

During this time, I have done everything a county clerk’s office does – from quill and ink to microfilm – and then on to digitizing 205 years of land and court records. Our office no longer keeps any paper on premises. Our archival records are stored – after being scanned – in a former nuclear warhead bunker at the former Seneca Army Depot. I have established a reputation as a nationwide expert on digital records.

I have also completed shared services projects with all the municipalities and courts in Tompkins County and some of Cortland County. Tompkins County hosts Laserfiche for them to utilize – which means, I play well with others!

I am also fortunate to run the best DMV in the Universe! My DMV team are friendly, helpful, and efficient – and our wait times are very short since our lines are fast moving.

Mayor of the City of Ithaca

Laura Lewis

Endorsed by the City of Ithaca Democratic Committee

I will continue to engage with all Ithacans to make our community an even more vibrant place to live, work, and play.

I have lived in Ithaca for forty years. With my husband, Kevin Murphy, I raised our family in Fall Creek. The bulk of my professional career was spent at Cornell University in student services for the ILR school. I have been an engaged and active community member, serving on the Democratic Committees, the Board of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, the TCAT Board, and have been very active in my neighborhood. I was honored to be elected in 2017 and reelected in 2019 to represent the fifth ward on the Ithaca Common Council, where I continue to sit on the Planning and Economic Development Committee, this year as chair. I was appointed Acting Mayor in January 2022 where I will continue to serve until the General Election in November 2022. I hope to have your support to continue as your Mayor through December 2023.

City of Ithaca, Ward 4

Tiffany Kumar

Dryden Town Justice

Jules Ravo

Lansing Town Justice

Maura Kenndy-Smith

Town of Ulysses Town Board

Liz Weatherby

Endorsed by Town of Ulysses Democratic Committee

I am running for the open seat on the Town of Ulysses Town Board. I am proud to be part of this Town and community and seek to build on my contributions to it. Professionally, I have over 15 years of experience providing environmental permitting and consulting services as I guide clients through the regulatory review processes, reviewing and interpreting state and local laws and zoning codes and comprehensive plans to successfully obtain required project permits. As a parent I am actively engaged in activities for our young people and I see and hear firsthand some of the challenges in providing safe, healthy and coordinated resources and supports throughout the Town.  I was recently appointed to the Town’s Youth Commission and am excited by that opportunity to focus on youth services. The Town Board position would integrate my commitment to our young people with the broader community planning essential to ensure coordinated and well guided policies for the future of our Town. I am a fast learner, hard-working and detail oriented, and I look forward to adding my personal and professional experiences to the teamwork of the Town Board.