Oneida, NY – The race for Oneida City Councilor Ward 5 is like no other. There are two candidates on the ballot – Brandee DuBois and Jake Fleming – only Fleming no longer lives in Oneida, making him ineligible.
If Fleming wins the vote, the elected mayor would nominate the post.
The Dispatch sent questions to contestants in various Oneida races. DuBois’s answers can be found below with minimal editing for clarity.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
First and foremost, I am the mother of three amazing boys, Hunter, Hudson and Harrison. I work at Oneida Healthcare as an ICU RN and have been there for eighteen years. I am also the vice president of Union NYSNA. On the days that I am not working in the hospital, I work daily as a nurse for the Oneida Town School District and for Liberty Resources as a SANE nurse. In my free time I like to walk our dogs around town or hang out in our local YMCA with my boys. I believe it is important to be involved in all aspects that our City has to offer.
Why did you want to run for this job?
I ran for this job because I wanted to be as involved as possible in the city for my boys. I wanted to help it flourish and provide opportunities for the people of our city for years to come. All in the hope that our young population will stay and our city will continue to grow.
Why do you think you are the best candidate for this job?
I “AM” the best candidate for this role because I already advocate for the people at Oneida Healthcare every day. This position is to stand up for the residents of this city and that is what I have done for the last eighteen years of my life. It is about keeping residents informed, listening to them, helping them with their problems and, in short, improving their quality of life. If I am re-elected, this is what I intend to continue to do.
What do you think are the biggest issues facing the community right now?
Much like the rest of the Republican Party in the town of Oneida, I think our top priorities are to keep Oneida an affordable and prosperous place to live, and that starts with controlling taxes. We will make sure that the city and county government operates as efficiently as possible so that taxpayer dollars are spent properly. We will also continue to promote our local businesses and work with county officials to find opportunities to attract new businesses to the area to help Oneida grow and prosper all businesses.
What do you hope to accomplish in your first 100 days in office?
During my first 100 days in office, I hope to continue to build a strong relationship with all city departments. I also look forward to getting to know and working with my fellow Team Advisors to continue to improve Oneida Town. As always, I am open to any questions or concerns from city residents and will do my best to defend them.