ITHACA, N.Y.—City of Ithaca Alderperson Ducson Nguyen told The Ithaca Voice that he will be running to serve on Ithaca’s Common Council for a four-year term, which he says will be his last.

Nguyen, who first started on Common Council in 2016, told The Voice over email that he’s “proud to have worked on bringing hundreds of new affordable housing units to Ithaca, rebuilding our vital infrastructure, and moving us into a new era of sustainability and public safety.” Nguyen was appointed Acting Mayor by Laura Lewis during Common Council’s first Common Council meeting in 2023.

An open and staunch advocate to introduce more affordable housing and biking infrastructure to the City of Ithaca, Nguyen (who is an avid cyclist) stated that he hasn’t “won every debate to bring more housing, more bike lanes, and more modernization to our city, but I am committed to the work and it would be a great privilege to continue it.”

With the adoption of new boundaries for the City of Ithaca’s wards, all ten of Common Council’s seats are up for reelection this year. The wards, which have two seats each, will see one election run for  a two year term on Common Council, and another election to fill a four year term.

Redistricting has placed Nguyen in the City of Ithaca’s new 2nd Ward, which includes the neighborhoods of Fall Creek, Washington Park, Ithaca’s Downtown and a portion of the East Hill neighborhood. 

While term limits do not exist for the City of Ithaca’s elected officials, it’s been said by former members of Common Council that there is a “natural” term limit induced by the time intensive work of being a local representative. Nguyen said that among his reasons for deciding to make this upcoming term his last — if he wins, that is — would be to “spend more time with my family and have the bandwidth to pursue hobbies and work on my career.”

Ithaca’s Common Council, in the midst of major endeavors such as pushing the Reimagining Public Safety plan and its climate initiative, the Ithaca Green New Deal, has a great deal of debate and work ahead of it. Nguyen, not specifically speaking about any single initiative, said that “There is a ton of unfinished work though, so if people will have me I think one more term will be the right balance.”

“This sounds cliché, but it’s true: It’s been the absolute honor of my life to represent my neighbors on Common Council,” Nguyen said. 

Jimmy Jordan

Jimmy Jordan is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact him at Connect with him on Twitter @jmmy_jrdn