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Friday, October 9, 2015



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Jennifer D'Andrea-Terreri
Jennifer D’Andrea-Terreri has decided to withdraw from the race for First-Ward Alderman and throw her support behind fellow Republican Joe Oates.

D'Andrea-Terreri, in an email to the media, said it is clear that Oates has the support of the Republican base in the ward, so she's giving up her claim to the Conservative and Independence lines, making the race a two-person race between Oates and Democrat Ed Tracy.

Asked about the timing on her withdrawal, D'Andrea-Terreri said, "before making any major decisions its always best to evaluate and reassess a situation. It was important that I make the right decision. This was not an easy one for me."

As for a potential to run again, she said, "I will never say never, however, there are no plans. Although I am not running for office, my work for the betterment of the community will continue through SERV Niagara."

D'Andrea-Terreri's full press release follows:
City of Lockport candidate Jennifer D’Andrea-Terreri, is announcing her withdraw from the race for the First Ward seat on the Lockport Common Council and is officially endorsing Republican candidate Joe Oates.

D’Andrea-Terreri lost in the three-way Republican primary, however, is still on the Conservative and Independence lines in November’s general election.

“The First Ward voters have spoken and they want Joe Oates”, D’Andrea-Terreri says. “It’s evident in the results of the primary election.” Joe Oates won the line with 102 votes whereas D’Andrea-Terreri received 22 votes. “’Mortally wounded’ I believe I was described in one news report,” D’Andrea-Terreri chuckles. “A humorous choice of words but nonetheless true.”

She continues, “I believe that every good leader knows two things; one, when to do what is in the best interest of those one represents or wishes to represent, and two, knowing when to make professional goals secondary to doing what’s best for others. And that is what I’m doing here; stepping aside to do what is in the residents’ best interest. I have had an opportunity to speak with Joe Oates and believe that he understands the needs of the constituents. I would feel very comfortable reaching out to him as my First Ward Alderman and am asking you to consider voting for him on Election Day.”

Making a final plea D’Andrea-Terreri states “Get out and vote on November 3rd. Your vote really does count. There are many good-hearted, committed, qualified candidates on all lines who are capable of doing great things. Take the time to get to know them and remember, your votes help create the positive change this city needs.”

Jennifer D’Andrea-Terreri is an Independent Settlement Planning Consultant with Millennium Settlement Consulting but is best recognized for her work in the community as Founder of 501 (c)(3) not-for-profits S.E.R.V. Niagara and Kids Breaking Free Foundation, Inc., where she is credited with opening the first housing exclusively to homeless and disabled Veterans and their families in Niagara County.

“As we progress in our careers and in life overall, it’s important to know where our strengths and talents lie”, D’Andrea-Terreri says. “Fortunately I am very aware of what mine are.” She expresses how grateful she is for the tremendous support she has received and the endorsements from the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties. “To receive endorsements from these parties is an honor”, she says. “It’s a testament to people’s belief in me and my abilities. For this acknowledgement I am obliged.”

Moving forward, D’Andrea-Terreri says she will continue to be an advocate for Veterans and at-risk youth and families with a primary focus on providing additional Veteran housing and therapeutic programs.

D’Andrea-Terreri says she is looking for suggestions from city residents on how to best utilize the contributions from her political fundraiser and donate to a worthy cause or project in the City of Lockport. Ideas and supporting information can be emailed to her at jennifer@jenniferdandrea.com.



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