ITHACA, N.Y. — A local lawyer has confirmed that she is running to represent Ithaca’s Second Ward on the Common Council.


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Isabelle M. Ramos announced her candidacy in an email Wednesday and said she will be running in the fall as a Democrat.

Ramos, 32, will be competing in the Sept. 10 primary against Ducson Nguyen, a software engineer in the city. J.R. Clairborne, who currently holds the seat, told the Ithaca Voice on Wednesday night that he is not running for re-election after about a decade on Council.

We’re hoping to interview Ramos on a raft of city issues later today — got a question you’d like answered? email me at — but her news release gives many voters their first look at Ramos’ biography and platform.

Isabelle M. Ramos

Here are 7 takeaways from the release:

1 — Ramos was born in Lubbock, Texas, and moved to the area in 2001 to attend Wells College, where she majored in public affairs with a concentration in ethics and philosophy. Her senior thesis pertained to the legalization of same sex marriage in the United States.

2 — In 2004, Ramos interned with then-N.Y. Senator Hillary R. Clinton, now a presidential candidate. In 2008, she received her JD from Northeastern Law School of Law in Boston and in 2010 was admitted to the NY State Bar.

3 — She became a full-time Ithaca resident two years ago and works at Ithaca College as an admissions counselor.

4 — One proposal of Ramos’, according to her press release is that she wants to require “large scale developers to offer a minimum amount of affordable housing units as a condition for gaining the City’s approval.”

5— Another proposal is for the city and Tompkins County Legislature to approve a local methadone clinic to reduce the number of heroin overdoses, disposal of needles in public bathrooms, and wasted tax dollars on cab rides to methadone clinics outside the county, according to Ramos.

6 — Another of her initiatives is to ensure that Ithaca’s parks and waterfalls are kept clean so they remain “healthy and accessible to residents (including pets) and tourists.”

7 — Ramos says she is an active member the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission and ready to serve the city’s second ward.

“As a licensed attorney, Ms. Ramos will be proactive in spotting issues in advance of a vote so that final decisions are well-reasoned and informed,” the news release said.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.