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Being a Working Representative

For Immediate Release: 9/11/17

My opponents have asserted that because they do not work full time, they are more qualified to be your representative. While I may have less disposable time then they say they do, I believe I am far more effective in how I use all of my time.

How many people living in Tompkins County have children, have more than one job, and still make the time to do their jobs well, meet their financial obligations, and love their kids and partners?

How many of us don’t have the choice not to work a second job?

We manage our time and we make it work, because there are people who depend on us.

I have worked with hundreds of people who struggle to financially support themselves and their family. As CEO at Family and Children’s Service, and prior to that while running homeless shelters for the Salvation Army, the organizations I have led have been able to help families juggle these multiple obligations.

I believe that if you elect me as your representative, you can be sure that the needs of working families will be strongly represented: because I am part of one, and because I have dedicated my entire professional career to working in the best interests of children and families, to bring as many resources as I can to the people who need them the most.

I also believe our government has a responsibility to use our tax dollars to improve the lives of people who are working so hard to do right in our community. I want to help, and have made the time to advocate on behalf of my community.

I know there are people who question my availability of time. I wish they would instead research how I have used my time and the results of the choices I have made. I’d rather they base their votes on merits and proven experience rather than an imaginary assessment of a candidate’s free time.

One thing I have learned is that it is up to each of us to make the most of the time we have. In that regard, I believe I have outperformed both of my opponents. Life itself is lived on borrowed time, but in the end, it is what you do with that time that matters most.

David Shapiro
District 3 Candidate
Tompkins County Legislature

Committee to Elect David Shapiro
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