Martha Robertson, chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, is throwing her hat into the congressional ring.
Robertson was in Chautauqua County to announce her candidacy for New York's 23rd Congressional District on Thursday. She made stops at both the Dunkirk Boardwalk, as well as the Gateway Center Train Station in Jamestown. Other stops on her tour Thursday included Olean, Wellsville and Hornell.
"There's no time like the present. It's a big district," Robertson said. "We need to really get out and talk to folks, just like this, and have a chance to hear what are on your minds here, and the things that are important in Chautauqua County."
Robertson voiced many areas of concern she would like to focus on, citing her time as chair of the Tompkins County Legislature as backup for her plans.
"Whether it's working to attract new, good-paying jobs, fighting to make sure our schools train the best educated workforce, or protecting Social Security and Medicare, we need to work across the aisle to develop solutions to the challenges all of us face," she said. "I'm proud of my record of delivering real results for my constituents in the County Legislature."
She also promised to fix what she called a "broken" system in Washington.
"We gave Congressman Tom Reed a chance to do the right thing for our families, but instead he went to Washington and started siding with the special interests and playing partisan games," Robertson said. "I'm running for Congress because the families of this district deserve a better leader who will wake up every day and deliver real solutions for all of our families."
Nate Shinagawa, who was the Democratic candidate against Reed in the previous congressional election, is Robertson's campaign chair. Robertson said she worked closely with him during the last election, and now he is helping with her campaign.
Additional information can be found on Robertson's campaign website, www.marthaforny.com.