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ENDORSEMENT: Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick Endorses Lea Webb for New York State Senate


“I am excited that Lea Webb is ready to fight for Tompkins County residents as our State Senator!”

ITHACA, NEW YORK —Today Democratic State Senate candidate Lea Webb announced the endorsement of Svante Myrick, Mayor of the City of Ithaca. Myrick joins a growing list of progressives who firmly believe in Lea Webb’s vision for the region.

Mayor Svante Myrick said, “I’m proud to endorse Lea Webb for the NY State Senate in 2022. In our 14 years in public service together, I’ve known Lea to be a fierce fighter and a passionate advocate who will take our community’s voice to Albany. The list of Lea’s accomplishments is long and varied! She led the fight to ban fracking in the City of Binghamton, to require equal pay for women, and to create a city human rights commission. On behalf of her constituents, Lea stood up to absentee landlords, fought for health care for all, and promoted programs to remove lead from Binghamton homes. I know she’ll bring the same dedication and tenacity to the State Senate.”

State Senate candidate Lea Webb said, "I want to thank Mayor Myrick for his service and for his endorsement. The people of Ithaca have been well-served by this hardworking and progressive public servant and he will certainly be missed when he steps down in February. Mayor Myrick understands the importance of having a State Senator who will advocate for the Southern Tier, something I’m proud to say I’ve accomplished as a Councilwoman in Binghamton.”

Svante L. Myrick was sworn into office in January 2012 and became, at 24, the City of Ithaca's youngest Mayor and first Mayor of color. Myrick was first elected to the Ithaca Common Council in 2007, on the same night that Lea Webb became the first African-American and the youngest person ever elected to Binghamton’s City Council, defeating the sitting Council President.

Mayor Myrick joins a growing list of progressives who have endorsed Lea, including Citizen Action and Progressive Women of NY. In February he will leave the Mayor’s office to become the Executive Director of People for the American Way.

The Democratic Primary is on June 28, 2022. Voters can learn more about Webb’s campaign at

About Lea Webb

In her first run for office, Lea Webb defeated the sitting President of the Binghamton City Council, becoming the first African American and youngest person ever elected to that office. She is an award-winning activist who has been recognized as one of tomorrow's leaders by Oprah magazine and the White House Project.

A lifelong Southern Tier NY resident, raised in a blue-collar family and proud graduate of public school, Webb is a first-generation graduate of SUNY Broome, where she earned a degree in liberal arts and sciences, and Binghamton University, where she earned a degree in neuroscience. Lea is now an educator at Binghamton University, where she develops diversity and inclusion training and programs for faculty, staff, and students to advance its goals of fostering diversity and respect. She is a national trainer with Vote Run Lead, training thousands of women across the country on how to run for elected office. She is a Co-Chair/Co-Founder of the Black Millennial Political Convention and a Founding Board Member of Local Progress. Lea was honored with the President’s Award by the Broome-Tioga Branch of the NAACP for her significant contributions to her community.


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