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Mindy, her husband Tom, and their twin daughters, have lived in Penfield for 9 years. A member of the PenDems since January, 2016, Mindy is honored to be running for Town Board, to be a voice for residents at the Table that is local government.
Mindy is passionate about conservation of land and preservation of history, believing both provide tangible benefits on a town’s character, economic viability, and quality of life. In a society that is quick to plow down its historic structures and natural spaces, Mindy believes these aspects of a place provide it not only with a strong foundation, but with a springboard to innovation and progress.
From her own experience as a resident of Penfield, Mindy is also well aware of our traffic issues, concerns about over-development, and the lack of a town center. Through a town-wide survey that she helped create and distribute as part of the PenDems Platform Team, Mindy knows that these are just some of the problems highlighted by close to 600 fellow residents who participated in taking this survey. She believes that with creative thinking, and collaboration with, and help from, public and private entities, that workable solutions can be found to these persistent issues.
Mindy has had the opportunity to meet and connect with Penfielders of all political stripes, whether it be as an original member of the Save Shadow Pines citizen activist group, the founder of the Irene Gossin Nature Preserve on Five Mile Line Road, as a volunteer with Bri-Pen Senior Rides, while walking door to door on behalf of other local candidates, or as a mom to 2 young children. She believes that, while she may be at the opposite end of the ideological spectrum of some residents, what we all have in common is that we are residents of the same town. Simply put: we are neighbors.
Mindy’s intention is to advocate for the best for the whole of Penfield because she knows that, as residents, we are all in this together!
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MONROE COUNTY LEGISLATOR
Catherine Dean announced she will be running to serve the 9th District of the Monroe County Legislature this Fall. This district covers most of Penfield, except for a portion of western Penfield.
Dean, a resident of Penfield for 25 years, was elected to the Penfield Board of Education in 2012 and has served as Board President since 2017.
Dean received Associate's Degree from Monroe Community College and her Bachelor's degree from SUNY Brockport She is a homemaker and co-owner of her family's businesses, including the Elmwood Inn, the Vintage Drive-In and the East Avon Flea Market. She and her husband, Paul, have three grown children, William, Harrison and Cameron.
Dean is running for County Legislature to address the challenges Monroe County is facing. “A solution will require responsive leaders, a responsible budget, and a fair governing party- with leaders at the helm who listen and work with community members to improve their lives,” Dean said. “As a lifelong public servant, and as a current leader in the Penfield Community, I am uniquely qualified to be part of this solution.”
MONROE COUNTY LEGISLATOR
My name is Butch Fitzsimmons. Together, my wife Jennifer and I raised five sons and are proud grandparents of two. Raised on a farm, I milked cows, planted & harvested, baled hay and pitched manure. I spent more than fifteen years coaching youth in Sodus Little League Baseball, Soccer and High School Wrestling. Our teams worked together sometimes taking first place in their division or the Wayne County Championship. I have more than 15 years with the Boy Scouts of America as Assistant Scout Master and also earning Wood Badge (adult equivalent to Eagle Scout). For more than 20 years I have enjoyed being active in both the Jr and Sr High Science Olympiad Competitions as Mentor and Judge for local as well as state competitions.
Vietnam era Army Veteran, 82nd Airborne, PIR 5th Special Forces Panama who obtained my AAS Electronic Technology degree at MCC and continued my higher education at RIT specific to hardware and software design & development, all with the help of the GI Bill. I parlayed that education into a research and design career at Eastman Kodak where I continued to increase my skill set through practical experience which is now the foundational basis of my small business.
While a resident of the Village of Sodus Point, I worked on a Master Plan, a Waterfront Revitalization Plan while serving on the Planning Board. I have served as Democratic Committee Leader for the Towns of both Sodus and Webster.
Jennifer and I own a small local business. Currently, we have a co-patent for a Local Vehicle Interface, two fully published patents addressing both TSA & DHS directives for situational awareness, response & preparedness and integrated physical security solutions, as well as a copyrighted telecom application and we are preparing to file another patent.
This history is who I am. I seek solutions to benefit the greater good. Solutions come from many directions. When we listen to each other and work together, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.
We used to think big and made it to the moon and beyond. Now, we cannot even fill in potholes. Our previous generation led Monroe County’s grand ideas and aspirations creating the first subway system west of NYC. Now, what passes for grand ideas and vision from our local leaders is to fill those subways with dirt and sell off public land.
Working together, supporting one another other, creating instead of dividing are paths forward to solutions I can support. Join us and lets see where we go!
MONROE COUNTY executive
Shani Curry Mitchell
Shani Curry Mitchell is an experienced prosecutor who will institute progressive criminal justice reforms in Monroe County. A lifelong resident of Rochester and a product of public schools, Shani has thirteen years of prosecutorial experience and is currently the Municipal Attorney for the City of Rochester.
Along with her hands-on experiences in the criminal justice system, Shani was an assistant professor of criminal justice at SUNY Canton and has served as President of the Rochester Black Bar Association. She is an active member of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar Association and the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys. Together, with her husband, they have five children.