ITHACA, N.Y. — A new candidacy petition was filed Tuesday for the District 12 seat of the Tompkins County Legislature, which was previously uncontested.

Jennifer Karius is revving up to run for the seat and turned in 123 signatures of support as part of her petition, about twice as much as she needed for the run.

District 12 covers the southwestern portion of the Town of Ithaca. The district includes upper South Hill, Inlet Valley and a portion of West Hill. Current legislator Will Burbank, who currently represents that district, announced in April that he will not seek re-election.

Karius said in a brief phone interview that she is waiting for official confirmation that she’ll be on the ballot, but said she’s confident her petition will be approved.

“After running elections for other people at national and state levels, I would like to bring my skills and perspectives to the residents of Tompkins County as a legislator,” Karius said in a news release about her run for office.  “For many years, I have helped others with their campaigns and it never occurred to me that I should seek office.  While I came to that realization too late in this election cycle to run on the Democratic ballot line, I still had the chance to run independently under my own party line.”

Karius will be challenging Democrat local activist Amanda Champion for the spot.

This is a developing story.

Jolene Almendarez

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