Rich John

ITHACA — Legislator Rich John, who represents District 4, has announced he will run for re-election.

John was elected to Tompkins County Legislature as a write-in candidate in 2015 after filling a vacancy. His district covers most of Collegetown, the Ithaca Commons, the lower section of East Hill and parts of the Cornell West Campus and the south end of Fall Creek.

In a news release Thursday, John said Tompkins County government is in good economic shape, but legislators are looking at several “substantial challenges” in the next few years.

“New York State continues to pass through costs to county government for State responsibilities, such as Medicaid, and it is likely that more unfunded mandates are on the way. With tremendous uncertainty in Washington, we are assured of difficult financial impacts affecting Tompkins County residents. At the same time, the County is seeing real growth and economic development, particularly in the 4th District. The County Legislature must be prepared to respond where we must and take advantage of opportunities as they arise,” John said in a news release.

All seats in Tompkins County Legislature are up for election in 2017.

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John chairs the Public Safety and Jail Study committees. He is also part of the Government  Operations Committee. The Jail Study Committee has been working to find solutions to overcapacity issues at the Tompkins County Jail. John was also appointed to Tompkins County’s Industrial Development Agency, which works to facilitate economic development in the county.

John said in the two years he has served on Tompkins County Legislature, he believes he has been able to make positive contributions. Outside of Legislature, John is an attorney in private practice, he teaches and is involved in business start-ups. He said he would like to “continue to work in the best interest of the people of the 4th District, the City of Ithaca, and all of Tompkins County.”

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