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Democratic Commentator Dora Leland is currently the Chair of the Chemung County Democratic Committee. She holds a Bachelor’s from SUNY Cortland in Political Science and Secondary Social Studies as well as a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Mansfield University. A life-long educator, Ms. Leland has been a middle school history teacher for 31 years. She is an active union organizer. Ms. Leland is on the Board of Directors for New York State United Teachers, the statewide teacher’s union. She is also the president of the Chemung-Schuyler Central Labor Council which consists of over 100 labor unions throughout the two counties.
Born and raised in Elmira, NY, Tom graduated with a Master’s degree in education from Elmira College in 1975. From 1971 to 1990, Tom worked as a probation officer and, later, a probation supervisor in both New York State family County and County Court. He served four 2-year terms on Elmira City Council before being appointed as Deputy County Executive in 1991. Tom was elected as County Executive in 2000 and was reelected in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. Tom is also highly involved in the community.