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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
By +Scott Leffler

Zachary Parker
Zachary Parker is looking to add a new perspective to the Lockport Common Council — youth.

The 22-year-old announced his candidacy for the Third-Ward alderman seat tonight via a press release.

"There's not a lot for people my age here," he said. "It feels like people my age are fleeing Lockport."

One of the Niagara University graduate's hopes is to "take care of the parks ... make the city a little nicer. A lot of stuff feels like it's broken or out of date."

The Third Ward is currently represented by Republican Kitty Fogle.

Parker's press release follows in its entirety:
Zachary F. Parker today announced he is a candidate for Alderman in the City’s Third Ward. He has received the endorsement of both the City and County Democratic committees. Parker believes “residents of the Third Ward deserve a young, energetic and attentive representative that will be their voice in City Hall.” Parker said he has seen firsthand, “large numbers of young people leaving Lockport at a time when the city could really benefit from their involvement.”

He said, “I truly believe the younger generation is the future of our City and can help restore Lockport to the jewel it once was.”  He added, ”to do so will take leaders and a city government willing to look outside the box, embrace new ideas and try new ways of doing things. I want to be the type of alderman that gives the next generation a reason and an opportunity to plant their roots here in Lockport," said Parker.

“We need to recognize,” he continued, “that quality of life issues are important factors in keeping young families in the City.”  He said issues such as city parks, youth programs and community activities would be a priority of his if elected.

On the subject of government transparency, Parker said, “We must make sure city government is always open, always honest and always accessible.” He said, “to that end, we should take advantage of the internet to communicate with taxpayers; giving maximum access to information and opportunities to participate in their government.”

Parker graduated in May 2015, from Niagara University, with a BA degree in Communications. He is currently working as an intern for Western New York Papers and works for the Lockport City School District.   He has been active with LCTV for over a decade. Parker says he has a passion for local politics and “firmly believes that now is the time for positive change in Lockport."
NOTE: According to the Niagara County Board of Elections, Parker is a registered Republican with a request filed to change his affiliation to Democrat. That change will take effect in 2016. The story has been edited at 4:03 p.m. to remove erroneous information.

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