Anna Kelles

ITHACA, N.Y. — A Fall Creek homeowner has announced that she will be running for the spot on the Tompkins County Legislature made available by Kathy Luz Herrera’s sudden departure.

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Anna Kelles, founder of the Dewitt Park Neighborhood Association, declared her candidacy on Wednesday for the legislature seat that encompasses Fall Creek and other sections of the city of Ithaca. Herrera announced her resignation on Tuesday.

“I live here, I work here, I’m active in the community. I have the time to give and I’m ready to apply my skills to represent the people of District 2 in our County Legislature,” Kelles said in a news release.

Anna Kelles

Kelles — who was involved in an unsuccessful push to get the legislature select the STREAM Collaborative housing project for the “Old Library” site — touted her commitment to “social and environmental justice and sustainability” in the news release.

“Many people feel that the Library fight was a watershed moment at the Legislature – one that showed us that there are many representatives who no longer represent our interests. I’m dedicated to ensure a voice for the community,” Kelles said in a news release. “The people of our neighborhood deserve a legislator who listens to our concerns and will genuinely represent us.”

Kelles added that she has been the director of sustainability for a local non-profit, serves as exam administrator for the Board for the Certification of Clinical Nutritionists and has a private practice as a clinical nutrition counselor.

There will be a special election held for the seat in November. Herrera said she is resigning for reasons related to her family.

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Jeff Stein

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