George McGonigal, an Alderperson of the 1st Ward, has confirmed he will not be running for re-election, concluding a 10-year tenure on Ithaca’s Common Council at the end of 2023.
The entrance into political life for McGonigal came after George W. Bush won the presidential election in 2000. He joined his local Democratic Committee and has always claimed that his political power came from his truck and trailer.
With all the seats on Ithaca’s Common Council up for election this year, candidates are racing to fill either a two or four-year term representing one of the city’s five wards. Kayla Matos, the Deputy Director of the Southside Community Center, and Alderperson Cynthia Brock have declared that they will be seeking to represent the 1st Ward for four years, while Alderperson Phoebe Brown will be seeking the two-year term.
McGonigal expressed his concerns over the staffing issues at the Ithaca Police Department and the unrest among city workers as he steps down in an in-depth conversation about the decision to leave elected office with the Ithaca Voice.
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