JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) — The just announced GOP candidate for City of Jamestown Mayor is outlining her experience as she kicks off her campaign.
Councilwoman Kim Ecklund was endorsed for the job by the Jamestown City Republican Committee, who revealed their pick on Wednesday afternoon.
The long time councilwoman at-large was first elected to the governing body in 2004.
“To be honest with you, when I started off in politics, I didn’t think I’d be here as long as I am,“ explained Eckland. “And certainly didn’t have this on my radar, obviously. Nothing is ever written in stone from the start. I’ve enjoyed my journey, I’ve enjoyed helping this community, and that’s what brought me to here today.”
The Republican has served on the City Council’s Public Works and Finance committees.
As the current Finance Committee chair, Eckland tells us her experience working in the finance sector, including as a cost estimator, senior data management, costing analyst and accounting supervisor, is her greatest asset.
“I wouldn’t put myself out there if I didn’t think I was a valuable candidate,“ stated Eckland. “”Number one, my years of experience on council and in government. But, also partnered with my life experience and my work experience professionally.”
Unless another candidate comes forward, Eckland will face Democratic Mayor Eddie Sundquist in this fall’s general election.
“I’ve had a lot of support obviously all through my tenure on council,“ explained Eckland. “It takes a village is what I always say, and I can’t do it alone, so yes I do need support at the election booth but I also need the support after and this has been no different. In fact as soon as the endorsement came out, my phone has been ringing off the hook with it’s about time, congratulations, couldn’t be happier, so we’ll see how the cards fall.”
Now that Eckland has the Republican Committee’s endorsement, her next step is to get enough signatures on her petition to fully run this fall.