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A couple of years ago, I was a member of a small committee that was drafting an updated Comprehensive Plan for the Village of Lansing.  A few people involved in Village government suggested that I consider running for the County Legislature.  Laughing (hard), I asked, “Why on earth would I want to do that?”  But the seed was planted. . .

SO – since January 2016, I’ve been attending Legislative meetings, and asking questions.  Dooley Kiefer and other legislators have been wonderfully generous with their time and wisdom.  What they’ve taught me is that the Legislature’s most important function is to allocate County resources in ways that meet the needs and values of our residents.  Not surprisingly, when our needs are many and our resources are relatively few, our values tend to get short shrift.

We now face increasingly scarce resources under a Federal government that shows little interest in our natural, social, and cultural environments, and a State government that sometimes seems determined to bankrupt our counties.  More than ever before, our Tompkins County will be on its own.  How we overcome the challenge of resource scarcity while maintaining the quality of life we all value will set our County’s course for years to come.

And that’s why I’ve decided to run for political office for the very first time. . .


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Deborah’s recent Facebook posts are shared, below.

Deborah Dawson for TC Legislature

For your consideration, as we will be struggling to adjust to the impact of Federal tax "reform" on our local budget:
As we listen to the repeated argument about the urgent need to lower corporate tax rates so companies can stay competitive, I though it might be enlightening to have a look at the actual taxes paid by corporate America in 2016.
This list is of 20 US companies posted total revenues of $3.2 trillion in 2016 which equals 20% of total GDP for that year. (Source: Forbes)
While representing a whopping 20% of GDP (GDP is defined as "all economic activity in the US") ...the total taxes paid in 2016 by these 20 companies was $108 billion which only 0.6% of GDP and 3.6% of the $2.99 trillion of the total federal taxes collected from all sources for the year ...which for me begs the question: How much lower does the US corporate tax bill need to be???
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For your consideration, as we will be struggling to adjust to the impact of Federal tax reform on our local budget:
As we listen to the repeated argument about the urgent need to lower corporate tax rates so companies can stay competitive, I though it might be enlightening to have a look at the actual taxes paid by corporate America in 2016. 
This list is of 20 US companies posted total revenues of $3.2 trillion in 2016 which equals 20% of total GDP for that year. (Source: Forbes)
While representing a whopping 20% of GDP (GDP is defined as all economic activity in the US) ...the total taxes paid in 2016 by these 20 companies was $108 billion which only 0.6% of GDP and 3.6% of the $2.99 trillion of the total federal taxes collected from all sources for the year ...which for me begs the question: How much lower does the US corporate tax bill need to be???

Posted 2 weeks ago

Deborah Dawson for TC Legislature

I'm proud and grateful to be part of what will be an historically diverse Tompkins County Legislature: 50% women, plus 2 legislators of color and 2 LGBTQ legislators! If you voted, wherever you voted, and for whomever you voted, thank you for participating in democracy in an off, off year!! ... See MoreSee Less

Im proud and grateful to be part of what will be an historically diverse Tompkins County Legislature:  50% women, plus 2 legislators of color and 2 LGBTQ legislators!  If you voted, wherever you voted, and for whomever you voted, thank you for participating in democracy in an off, off year!!

Posted 2 weeks ago

Deborah Dawson for TC Legislature

Whoever you are, wherever you are, however you vote, thank you for voting!Friends, neighbors, constituents,

Here we are on Election Day 2017. I am thankful for your ongoing support and trust in me.

Please remember to take a moment out of your busy day and vote—this action alone is bigger than me and my legislative seat. It’s the basis of our democracy, and our individual right and responsibility in shaping who we are as a community.

I know this isn’t the “Big One”, not a very exciting race for my seat, but this act alone will deter our complacency in the process now and in the future. Please remember that our collective complacency played a huge role in choosing our current president and a confederacy of dunces.

Polls are open today at 6am and will stay open til 9pm.

Onward and upwards,
Shawna
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Whoever you are, wherever you are, however you vote, thank you for voting!

I'm proudly sharing this post by my husband (and campaign manager), Ronny Hardaway:
“I don't usually vote in the little elections. . . ”
This is what one resident said to me when I canvassed for Deborah in her campaign for her first term as a Tompkins County Legislator for District 10.
The “little election” referred to by this person is the odd-year, off-presidential election that takes place on November 7th. However, this is not a little election for Tompkins County. All the county’s legislative seats will be filled in this election. The legislature will experience a tremendous change with new legislative representatives.
There are many positions to be filled at the municipal level, too – town supervisors, town council members, alderpersons, town justices, town clerks, and highway supervisors. All these positions have significant influence on municipal management and on our day-to-day lives.
At the state level, there are three ballot initiatives on the reverse side of the November 7th ballot: approving a state constitutional convention, allowing the complete or partial forfeiture of a public officer's pension if he or she is convicted of a certain type of felony, and authorizing the use of forest preserve land for specified purposes (impacting the state’s “Forever Wild” amendment.)
As you can see, this is not a “little” election. It is an election that will affect the lives of Tompkins County residents for years, and it is an election that will set the direction for municipalities, county agencies, and all of New York State.
Please spend a few of your minutes on Tuesday, November 7, to help create the future you want for your family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
USE YOUR VOICE AND VOTE!
To complete the resident’s quote that began this message:
"I don't usually vote in the little elections. . . but I will this time!"
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