Democrat Kennedy, 26, announces intention to run for Potsdam Town Council
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 5:23 pm

POTSDAM -- Toni Kennedy, a Democrat, has submitted a petition to run in the September primary for a seat on the Potsdam Town Council.

At age 26, she says in her campaign announcement that she is running because “her age group is not represented on the Potsdam Town Council.” However, Councilor Sarah Lister, who took office in January, is 28 years old.

Kennedy is running against Democrat incumbent Jim Grant.

"I was really inspired by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who showed the world that if you really want to get into politics, just do it," Kennedy said in an emailed announcement.

Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens), a 28-year-old waitress, garnered an upset Democratic primary victory over Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens) in the 14th Congressional District in New York City.

“Besides their age, both candidates share similar progressive values and energy. Toni Kennedy is a registered nurse at Northern Lights as well as serving as a board member on the Potsdam Central School PTA. She most recently volunteered for Patrick Nelson (D-Stillwater) on his run for Congress, and for Senator (Bernie) Sanders (I-Vermont) in 2016 for President. Her primary focus is environmental justice,” her announcement says.

"My hope for Potsdam is for it to be a net zero town. We need to establish a solar community so everyone can benefit from renewable energy. I believe climate change needs to be tackled at all levels including local,” Kennedy said in a prepared statement.

The announcement said “her platform also includes education, housing, local economy, and civic engagement.”