The Cayuga County Democratic Committee announced it will endorse Melissa Jenkin of Union Springs for the Cayuga County Legislature's District 5 seat.

Jenkin is an alumna of Wells College and program coordinator for the Central Southern Tier Regional Adult Education Network at Cayuga Community College. In her position, Jenkin provides provides professional development and oversight to over 23 literacy education programs for adults in central New York. 

Jenkin resides in the village of Cayuga with her 9-year-old son Rielly. She was inspired to run for the county Legislature because of her grandfather, Morton Kahn, who did a lot of civic engagement and work. 

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"Now, it is my time to give back," she said in a release. "We have such a diverse wealth of resources at our fingertips from our parks and nature trails, to historical sites and landmarks, to the cultural and culinary arts, to educational institutions, to manufacturing and businesses, to farms and farmworkers. This mix gives our county strength and it is so important that we promote and balance economic, environmental, and social development in this region."

Jenkin will challenge Republican incumbent Paul Pinckney for the District 5 seat, covering the towns of Aurelius and Fleming. 

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Staff writer Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (315) 282-2237 or gwendolyn.craig@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.