Republican enters race for Poughkeepsie Common Council chair slot

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POUGHKEEPSIE – A 35-year-old Poughkeepsie native, Jenna Liguori, has announced that she will be running for the common councilperson-at-large seat in the November election.

Democrat Sarah Salem currently hold that post and is seeking re-election but will face a party primary challenge from Chris Petsas in Number. The incumbent will appear on the ballot on the Working Families line even if there is a loss on the Democrat line.

Liguori, a graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes High School, recently filed her nominating petitions to run on the GOP line.

Jenna Liguori

Earlier in March, on her birthday, the GOP candidate announced her plan to run. “I made the decision to spend my 35th year putting the people of Poughkeepsie first,” said the challenger.

Citing a lack of civility that has permeated the common council in recent months, combined with the devastation caused by the pandemic, Liguori, a Marist College graduate said, “Our council member-at-large seat has a responsibility to ensure transparency, facilitate the resolution of civil injustice, and above all encompass the humanity of the City of Poughkeepsie.”

Liguori, a legal assistant at a Poughkeepsie law firm, is calling for unity in city government. “Poughkeepsie may be broken up by wards and geographical direction but that shouldn’t stop the strive for unity and oneness in our community.  I stand to bring our community together where all wards are fully represented. The people of this city have generations of residency and heritage here and deserve to have a seat at the table.”