Victoria Trass Bardo is running for the Ward 1 Town of Ellicott seat.
Bardo has lived with her family in West Ellicott since 2004, and is a 25-year employee of The Resource Center. She is currently in the position of development and events manager for the corporate affiliate, Filling the Gap.
Community events such as the Gus Macker and Street Jam basketball tournaments are all conducted under her direction. Other community events - such as The Resource Center's holiday parade, disability awards celebration, Laurel Run, TRC Golf Classic and Step Up for Autism - are also sponsored by Bardo.
Bardo has also been involved with and dedicated to the community from several executive positions. She has served on the Jamestown area Meals on Wheels board of directors for more than 20 years. Her affiliations include the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation Committee and the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, for which she was awarded the Community Service Award in 2008.
Bardo was also active as a mentor in the Chautauqua Striders mentoring program, a chaperone for the Distinguished Young Women of the Lakewood Area scholarship program and has served as a past director on the board for the Jamestown YMCA, holding the office of vice president.
Bardo earned her associate degree from Jamestown Community College, and her bachelor's degree from SUNY Brockport.
Bardo believes that the integrity of home values must be preserved.
"Each unique neighborhood and household should be accountable for upkeep and maintenance of their property," Bardo said. "Having reasonable taxes, safe streets and neighborhoods and being good neighbors will make our area the place that people want to live in. Having a steady and fair tax base is one of the keys to making our area the most desirable. We want our area to remain the destination for making a home and raising a family. The notion that neighbors look out for each other, communicate and help each other is the way we are going to achieve this."
"Ward 1 is surrounded by beautiful homes and locations that have great potential for business development and continued growth," she continued. "I am all in favor of supporting all of those areas. If selected as your representative, I have to say, 'Make no mistake. I will be watching the bottom line on unnecessary or overspending, and offering creative solutions to situations that may arise.' I will take on this responsibility as I would a job - with dedication, integrity, by networking and communicating with the proper people, making level-headed decisions based on facts and listening to the proud people of Ward 1. I feel that my education and employment background is the perfect mix of creativity, forward moving solutions and bringing people together to make the best decisions possible. Remember, every issue matters, and working together, we can achieve many positive outcomes."