Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.
Age: Ask Siri, she has all the answers.
Job Title: Erie County Legislator, 9th District
Family: Husband, Tim. Four children: Jack, 14; Erin, 12; Owen, 9; and Caroline, 6. I am also blessed to still have my parents, as well as three siblings who all live in the area.
Town: I have lived in Hamburg for the past 14 years.
Education: West Virginia University, Bachelors in English.
What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
I grew up in a family that always welcomed others into our home. Love, laughter and great company filled our home and I like to carry on that tradition. I am happiest with a house full of family and friends.
Also, I was the first female to ever call a homerun in a Bisons broadcast (at least that’s what your paper made mention of at the time). It happened in the 1990s when the baseball team invited media members to be guests in the broadcast booth. I was doing the color commentary for most of the game, but had the opportunity to do play-by-play for an inning. I believe it was the first batter up to the plate that hit the homerun. So, my first play-by-play call ever was a Bison home run call. (It wasn’t pretty).
You worked for 22 years as a journalist, including 12 years at WGRZ-TV. Is there anything you miss about reporting?
Certainly. Although the industry has changed a great deal, journalism will always be my first love. I miss the creative aspects of storytelling, the writing, etc. However, as reporters, we also placed a great emphasis on helping people find solutions to their problems, assisting them in getting answers, and digging beneath the surface. I do feel this new role still allows me that opportunity.
I do miss working with, or alongside of my colleagues. There are many talented photographers and reporters who strive to put the best product on the air each and every day, and continue to do so with increasing challenges.
What’s your favorite restaurant?
That’s a tough one. There are so many great restaurants in the area. I love Daniel’s in Hamburg and Mulberry’s in Lackawanna. But we live in a community with so many unique and wonderful choices.
Who is your political hero?
I have never really looked to politics to find a “hero.” I suppose the framers of our Constitution and our Founding Fathers gave us a great template that helps define our nation even today, and serves to guide us through some challenging times. It seems they had a clear vision of what America should be, and I appreciate the dedication, sacrifice, and ideals they put forth so that as a country we could, and can, survive the best of times and the worst of times.
What’s the worst part of your job?
As an elected official, you want to bring positive results to everyone that comes to you with an issue or concern. Based on so many factors (economy, tight budgets, etc), that’s not always possible, but that doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying!
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