LOCKPORT – Jennifer O. D’Andrea-Terreri, a veterans’ activist and businesswoman, announced Thursday she is running for 1st Ward alderwoman in the City of Lockport, seeking the Republican endorsement.
Mill Street resident Shirley A. Nicholas, who ran for the seat in 2011 and won the GOP primary before losing the general election, also has declared her candidacy.
D’Andrea-Terreri, 39, is best known as founder of S.E.R.V. Niagara, which strives to assist homeless military veterans and has opened two group homes for them on Walnut Street in Lockport, and of the Kids Breaking Free Foundation, an antidrug organization. She also is an independent settlement planning consultant and co-owns a small real estate business with her husband.
“While no one person can solve the city’s issues, I personally believe possible solutions could be presented just by listening to the viewpoints of community residents,” D’Andrea-Terreri said. “In working with the not-for-profits, some of our best programming came from ideas from people right here in Lockport. I know that our residents have great ideas, and I am always willing to listen.”
D’Andrea-Terreri, a mother of four, recently was presented the 2014 Community Support Award by the Lockport Business Association and was also a national finalist for a congressional service award.