OSWEGO – Lifelong Oswego resident Linda DeMassi has announced she will run for a seat on the city of Oswego Common Council representing the Second Ward.
Current Second Ward Councilor Pat McLaughlin has decided not to seek reelection resulting in an open seat for the November election.
“As a lifelong Oswego resident, I am committed to the success of our city. I’ve always had a desire to be involved and to serve my neighbors and local community. I’ve watched Oswego change over the years and I will work to restore our neighborhoods, control taxes and fees and do everything I can to help the small business community,” said DeMassi.
DeMassi worked in the nuclear industry for 22 years as a performance improvement and training coordinator at the Nine Mile Nuclear Power Plant until she retired in 2007.
After retiring, DeMassi spent time caring for her husband and in 2014 she co-founded the Port City Co-Op, a local antique store in downtown Oswego.
As a member of the downtown business community, DeMassi was a founding member of Shop Oswego Live Oswego (SOLO), a collaborative effort of local independently owned businesses working together to promote and support the entire Oswego small business community.
DeMassi is also a member of the Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club.
As a member of the Common Council, DeMassi has indicated a commitment to making decisions that will encourage families and younger people to stay in Oswego, as well as attract visitors to the area.
“We need to give our families and younger folks things to do in the community and we can accomplish that by better utilizing our waterfront and making innovative improvements to our Downtown,” said DeMassi.
“Oswego has so much to offer and it’s time that we showcase our beautiful city and improve its ‘curb appeal’ to attract residents and visitors alike,” DeMassi continued.
“I’ve been attending Common Council meetings and I really believe we are heading in the right direction. We still need to address blighted properties in the Second Ward and focus attention on the condition of some of our streets,” DeMassi said. “Most of all, I want to help my neighbors. I look forward to answering and returning their calls, and talking with people to hear their ideas on how we can improve our community. I believe our residents need to be more involved and have open lines of communication with their local officials to ensure their voices are heard and needs are met. As someone who has lived in Oswego for my whole life, raised a family here, worked here and founded a business here, I am confident I can be an asset on the council and make decisions that will improve the quality of life for all Oswego residents.”
DeMassi is a registered Republican and intends to seek the Republican endorsement later this month.