Common Council members endorse Ducson Nguyen for Second Ward seat

July 13, 2015 by Rachel Cera

A software engineer who moved to the Ithaca area with his wife in 2009 has announced his candidacy for a seat on the City of Ithaca's Common Council. Ducson Nguyen says, "Living in Ithaca has improved my quality of life and sense of belonging, and now I want to pay that back."

Ducson Nguyen. Photo from campaign web site.Ducson Nguyen. Photo from campaign web site.Nguyen's announcement refers to the second ward as "one of the city’s most diverse areas," and the candidate says he "sees an opportunity to serve the needs of these constituents by addressing rising housing costs, deteriorating infrastructure, bicycle and pedestrian safety, sustainability, and the modernization of Ithaca’s economy."

"The mayor and Common Council have done a great job of taking on the housing crisis and bringing Ithaca’s economy into the 21st century, and we can’t stop now" Nguyen said on Facebook tonight. "I want to continue, and accelerate, those fights." He seeks to replace JR Clairborne, who has served on Common Council for ten years.

Common Council alderperson Seph Murtagh, who also represents the 2nd ward, has endorsed Nguyen, saying, "He is very interested in housing issues, he has a smart, balanced approach to economic development, and he has a wonderful appreciation for Ithaca’s neighborhoods."

"I have gotten to know Duc through his avid volunteer work in our community," says Common Council alderperson Deb Mohlenhoff in her endorsement. "He is an engaged community member that cares a lot about Ithaca," she adds.

The New Jersey native is on the board of Tompkins Connect, and his campaign web site says he "has volunteered for Historic Ithaca, Habitat for Humanity, Adopt a Highway cleanups, the Hangar Theater, United Way, and other worthy causes in the Ithaca area.

Other issues Nguyen hopes to address in his candidacy are sustainability, city infrastructure and economy, food justice, and inequality. 

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