Westchester Legislator Judy Myers not running for reelection; endorses Rye councilwoman as replacement

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Westchester Legislator Judy Myers, a Democrat in District 7 representing Mamaroneck, Rye, Larchmont and parts of Harrison and New Rochelle, announced Thursday she will not run for reelection this fall. She said she will back Rye City Councilwoman Catherine Parker as her replacement.CatherineParker

Myers, who made her announcement at the Mamaroneck Town Center, said she advocated for term limits while on the board and is imposing them on herself.

Parker, who grew up in Westchester and is a fourth generation county resident, was elected to the Rye council in 2007 and reelected in 2011. She owns a shop in the city.

“I chose to be here to raise my family,” she said. “I know why we’re all living here. I know what Westchester County offers.”

Parker said she first ran for elected office because she had always felt she should be involved in her community.

“My mom taught me that our community is really an extension of our home,” she said.

As a legislator, she said, she wants to work with both sides to get things done. People are tired of the divisiveness apparent at all levels of government, she said.

“We don’t need more ideologues, we need people who are really pragmatic,” Parker said.

Also at the Mamaroneck Town Center Thursday was Mary Jo Jacobs, a Democrat who plans to run for the Board of Legislators in District 10 in Eastchester, Tuckahoe and part of New Rochelle against Legislator Sheila Marcotte. Jacobs, a New Rochelle resident, said she has long been active in the city and held leadership positions in school district parent organizations. She’s worked for 30 years as a human resources and facilities director running budgets and large projects, she said.

Photo: Rye City Councilwoman Catherine Parker, right, announces she will run for District 7 in the county legislature Thursday at the Mamaroneck Town Center. At left is Legislator Judy Myers, who announced she will not run for reelection and endorsed Parker. Elizabeth Ganga/The Journal News

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  1. Tom Murphy on

    WOW, I didn’t know that being a County Legislator came with the extraordinary power to name your own successor! Apparently Ms.Meyers and Ms. Parker worked out thier own plan long before Judy’s announcement today.
    I don’t know Ms. Parker and she may be a fine person and well qualified but there are many people who may fit that bill. Also many other folks have been Democrats for longer then 6 months and perhaps might have a better grasp of Democratic ideals and issues. But I guess that is what primaries are designed to sort out.

  2. Comical, Judy thinks she can basically appoint her successor. I hope the Republicans win this seat and give our County Executive some support on the BOL.

  3. Jackson Davies on

    Smart people know that Westchester deserves smart people in County govt and it is very god to see that smart Democrats are in Mamaroneck and New Rochelle who are willing to serve ALL citizens going forward.