Democrat Ruth Walter unseats longtime County Legislator Gordon Burrows

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A Democrat unseated a longtime county legislator in Westchester.

Ruth Walter ran on the Democratic Party line against longtime incumbent Gordon Burrows, who ran on four party lines.

She faced an uphill battle in an off-season election and flipped the seat with just 202 votes.

Walter went to bed not even realizing she was about to be the county legislator-elect.

She says her ability to connect with constituents across socioeconomic backgrounds helped her succeed. It's a skill she says she'll need to represent a purple district in a sea of now 15 Democrats at the county level.

After unseating the candidate who held that position for 14 years, she says now it's time to get to work.

She’s already got a few things on her to-do list, starting with finding inexpensive flood solutions in susceptible areas.

Walter says she also has low-cost ideas on how to push the state government for upgrades in Yonkers and Bronxville schools.

"The county’s dollars are not significant going into schools, but what we can do is we can bring attention. Attention is very inexpensive," she says.

Walter says she will continue to work at her small business while promising to make way for other local shops in the district.

After her swearing-in, Walter will serve for a term of two years.

 

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