RYE, N.Y. -- Julie Killian, a Republican member of the Rye City Council, announced a bid for the state Senate on Friday.
The seat is held by two-term state Sen. George Latimer, a Democrat from Rye.
The 37th Senate District extends from Yonkers to Bedford and includes part of White Plains, North Castle, Rye and Mamaroneck.
Killian discussed her candidacy during a news conference at Rye Town Park. She promised to support term limits, fight for tax relief and improve public schools.
“I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican in Albany, if you are ready for change and want to make government a little smarter and work better for the taxpayer then I will work with you,” Killian said. “We simply have to work together for the greater good.”
Killian previously worked in finance at Citibank and Merrill Lynch. She pledged to secure more state aid for public schools and work to reduce state mandates.
As co-founder of Rye Action for Children and Teens (RyeACT), which raises awareness about the dangers of drugs, Killian said she plans to expand her battle against substance abuse.
The mother of five cited her concern about New York's rising heroin epidemic. “We also have a crisis with alcohol and marijuana,'' Killian said.
The state Republican Party targeted Latimer's seat during the past two elections, outspending his campaign in both losses.
Like Killian, Latimer served on the Rye City Council before becoming a county and state legislator.
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