BINGHAMTON, NY – A local woman announced her candidacy for New York’s 22nd Congressional District during the recent celebration of gay culture in Greater Binghamton called Pride Palooza.
Mikayla Ridley is an Endicott-based college admissions counselor and an activist.
For the majority of her career she’s also been working in the non-profit for education sectors.
Ridley knew she wanted to run when she was in college after she got involved with a political activist group for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Ridley realized she was trying to solve macro problems with micro solutions.
She says people should vote for her if they want change.
“If we want a government that works for average citizens, we need a government that is run by average citizens. If we want that government that is of the people, by the people, for the people, that is exactly what I plan to bring to the Congress floor,” says Ridley.
Ridley says one of the topics she is most passionate about is education reform.
Being a college admissions counselor, she sees a whole generation that is missing out on college because of how unaffordable it is.
Cancelling student debt is one priority.
She also wants policies that benefit everyone, like single-payer health care and Medicare expansion.
Republican Claudia Tenney currently holds the seat, the boundaries of which could be dramatically changed through redistricting.