Niagara Gazette — Jacqueline Lampman is a bit of a wild card. Running for mayor in the Village of Lewiston, she’s neither an endorsed Republican nor Democrat. She isn’t a politician, either.
The closest she’s ever come to holding a political office came while she was living in Orange County, Calif. As a nurse, she was elected by her peers to serve as the president of the local nursing group. They put on seminars for doctors and hospital leaders.
She knows nothing in her life has prepared her for the multitude of duties and roles a mayor in the bustling village assumes, but she isn’t exactly walking into the political world without a little history in her back pocket.
“I was a Kennedy fan,” she said. “I served on the local committee when Robert Kennedy was running for president. I was out there canvasing for him.”
While inexperienced, Lampman said she is driven. And her drive stems from a growing concern she said she’s developed for the village. Walking the neighborhood, she said residents have shared the same thoughts with her.
It all starts, she said, with transparency about the financial situation brewing below the escarpment. She said taxes increasing this year, coupled with some of the decisions that’ve been made by leaders developing new businesses and borrowing money.
She said she’d be more than willing to share the knowledge she’s gained from spending the last 34 years living in Lewiston with her husband, Jim, in order to change how business is conducted.
“My main goal is to get out to the village residents the things that need to be told,” she said Thursday outside the Village Bake Shoppe on Center Street. “After 34 years, I know what’s going on in the village. But when I heard my taxes were going to go up (this coming year), I decided I’d go take a look at the budget. I found I couldn’t decipher it because it was all in codes.”