Democratic Party candidates Andra Benson, Bronwyn Losey and Michael Koplinka-Loehr were pleased and honored by the overwhelmingly positive response they received in their visits to over 500 Town of Lansing households, as they gathered signatures for inclusion on the Lansing Lighthouse Party independent ballot line. Benson and Losey are running as the Democratic candidates for the Lansing Town Board, while Democrat Koplinka-Loehr is running for Lansing Town Supervisor.
Incumbent Benson has served for two terms on the Lansing Town Board (most recently 2016 - 2019) and is now running for her third term. According to Benson, “I’m proud of the work I’ve done for my community and look forward to four more years of service to the town.” Benson also served on the Lansing Central School Board for 10 years and was a trustee of the Lansing Community Library for 12 years. She is a co-founder of the Lansing Drop In Center, Lansing Youth Commission and Lansing Youth Mission.
Bronwyn Losey is the founding director of a non-profit preschool serving predominantly immigrant families and is a lifelong Lansing resident. Over her life, she has seen a lot of change in Lansing. “As Lansing grows, it is vital that we preserve the heart and soul of our community” Bronwyn stated. “We need thoughtful planning so our children can have as wonderful a town as I have been blessed with.”
Michael Koplinka-Loehr is a 50-year resident of Tompkins County who served for six years on local school boards (including representing Lansing on the T-S-T BOCES Board of Education,) and 12 years on the Tompkins County Legislature, the final two years serving as Chair at the Legislature. When asked why he is turning his attention to the Supervisor position, he quickly replied, “Lansing needs thoughtful long-range planning, both on land-use issues as well as budgetary issues. I have a strong record of keeping taxes low while maintaining quality services.” He loves going door to door because it gives him a chance to: “hear first-hand what people love about Lansing, as well as their concerns.”
Benson, Losey, and Koplinka-Loehr visited more than 900 households to gather over 600 signatures from Town of Lansing registered voters for both the Democratic and independent Lansing Lighthouse lines on the November general election ballot. The candidates look forward to continuing their dialogue with voters through the fall election season. They encourage every voter to get involved and stay engaged with the local issues affecting their lives and to VOTE on Nov. 5 (or via early voting, available for the first time in NY State: tompkinscountyny.gov/boe), because every vote will directly affect the future of Lansing.