This is a letter to the editor written by Ed Swayze on behalf of the Ithaca City Democratic Committee. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit letters to the editor, please send them to Matt Butler at

On behalf of the Ithaca City Democratic Committee I would like to express our enthusiastic support for Democratic mayoral candidate, Acting Mayor Laura Lewis. Laura is running to fulfill the remaining one year of former Mayor Svante Myrick’s term. After Mayor Myrick resigned mid-term, Acting Mayor Lewis hit the ground running, quickly transitioning from alderperson to mayor. Laura has effectively shepherded the city through this transition and will do an excellent job leading the city into the future.

Affordable housing is an ongoing issue for the City of Ithaca and Laura is dedicated to finding solutions to that challenge.  She served on the board of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services for twenty years and currently serves on the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency. Hundreds of working Ithacans have affordable, stable housing thanks to the efforts of folks like Laura who have done the hard, on-the-ground work of championing and providing affordable housing for decades. In 2017, her passion for housing issues informed her decision to run for alderperson from the Fifth Ward. As alderperson and acting mayor, Laura has been a staunch supporter of Right to Counsel for renters facing eviction. Additionally, Laura chairs the Ithaca City Common Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, provides leadership on public transit on the TCAT Board as its current chair, is deeply involved in the Reimagining Public Safety Initiative and is a champion of the Ithaca Green New Deal.

Laura Lewis’ tremendous experience, combined with her ability to genuinely listen and seek solutions for complex issues make her the ideal choice for mayor. Laura is thoughtful, conscientious, and passionate about improving the quality of life for all of us who live and work in Ithaca. Laura Lewis knows how to get things done. The City of Ithaca Democratic Committee wholeheartedly and proudly supports Laura Lewis for Mayor.

Ed Swayze, Chair, City of Ithaca Democratic Committee