By Alex Simmons
Kate Eskew, a resident of Western New York for over 30 years, recently announced she is running for Erie County Legislator for District 11.
“I am running for Erie County Legislator because it’s time for a new voice in District 11,” she said.
District 11 covers many of the Southtowns in Erie County, including the town of Concord and village of Springville.
Eskew has promised that if elected, “I will be a full-time legislator, I will be visible and involved in all parts of the district and host regular office hours in the district.”
Eskew said she is focused on working with the community to “fix our roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure, to ensure our tax dollars go to good use,” believing that a legislator should be accessible and transparent to all.
Prior to her retirement, Eskew was an Associate Professor of Human Services at Hilbert College, serving as the director of the Masters in Public Administration for the last two years.
She said she believes that all county residents and businesses deserve high-speed internet.
While working as a professor for many years, she said she “learned the importance of broadband access plays in our day to day lives.”
For example, Eskew said high-speed internet provides educational access and opportunities to children, and it is “vital to our small businesses and allows our district to compete with the rest of Erie County.”
Eskew said she also wants to address that opioid and drug abuse, saying it is a “public health issue in our communities.”
After teaching Human Services for many years at Hilbert College, Eskew worked as a clinician at several outpatient clinics dealing with alcohol, drug and psychiatric conditions. She explains that “this experience has given me an expertise in dealing with our current opioid epidemic, properly treating addicts and addressing the underlying causes of addiction.”
If elected, Eskew said she will be a full-time, visible and accessible legislator for our district, with her focus on connection with the people.
Eskew said she also wants to “help protect and maintain our county parks and beaches.”
Eskew resides in Orchard Park with her husband, Ron. They have three children, TJ, who lives in Naperville, Ill., Ned and his wife, Kelly, who reside in Brisbane, Australia, and Camila, who lives in Buffalo.
For more information about Eskew and her campaign, visit www.eskewforerie.com.