Two more names have joined the race to succeed Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton in District 125, bringing the total number of candidates to seven.
Announcing yesterday (February 17) were Tompkins County attorney and law professor Sujata Sidhu Gibson, as well as Jordan Lesser, who’s worked as Legislative Counsel to Lifton for more than 10 years.
They join three others from Tompkins County and two from Cortland County who have already declared they’ll make an attempt this fall at filling a vacancy left behind by Assemblywoman Lifton after nine terms in that office.
Declaring last week were Cortland County Legislator Beau Harbin and CEO of Family & Children Counseling Services Lisa Hoeschele, who followed previous announcements made by Dryden Town Supervisor Jason Leiffer, Ithaca City Councilman Seth Mertagh and Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles.
Primary Election Day is set for Tuesday, June 23, with early voting taking place June 13 – 21.
Early voting will also take place for the General Election from October 24 – November 1, with Election Day on Tuesday, November 3.
Sujata Sidhu Gibson:
“I’m running because we are at a crisis point We do not have time for politics as usual. We can revitalize our economy with sustainable, well-paying jobs and help secure our future against the threats of climate change at the same time.
We can make the radical shifts necessary to give food security, heat security, healthcare security and economic security to every New Yorker. We can do this and create good jobs.
But we need someone like me who has the grit and the energy and the urgency to make it happen.”
“For over 10 years, I have had the honor of working for Assemblywoman Lifton in both the Albany and Ithaca offices, on every piece of legislation, many policy initiatives, and the state budget. As a native Ithacan, an environmental attorney, and with many educators in my family, I understand both the needs of the district and how to accomplish the goals of our local communities in Albany.”