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Election day is Nov. 7: meet the Manlius, DeWitt candidates

Eagle Bulletin, Oct. 31, 2023

HEATHER WATERS: "I have been honored to serve as a town board member since 2020 and hope to be reelected to implement our comprehensive plan adopted in July 2023. I ran to create our first comprehensive plan, embrace environmental sustainability, and develop communications systems that inform and engage our residents in their town government. Deputy Supervisor Sara Bollinger and I co-chaired the comprehensive plan and worked with a steering committee to engage thousands of residents. This document is representative of all corners of our community. Town residents include the villages of Minoa, Manlius, and Fayetteville. The villages are our essential economic and cultural centers; we are interdependent, so I value their priorities. Because my professional background is in development and mediation, I have secured grant funding and met passionate debates with civility and an eye toward the win-win..."

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Waters will continue to move Manlius forward (By Dana Balter) Opinion, Oct. 18, 2023 

“Our current political climate makes me more grateful than ever for dedicated, effective and ethical public servants. In the upcoming election, the people of Manlius have the opportunity to re-elect a councilor who fits that bill and then some, Heather Waters.."

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Councilor: Manlius needs at-large representatives to consider needs of whole town (By Heather Waters) Opinion, Sept. 20, 2023

“I was shocked to see Ed Theobald reference the Brennan Center for Justice in his recent letter about the ward vote in the town of Manlius (”Ex-supervisor: Vote ‘yes’ for ward system in Manlius,” Sept. 19, 2023). The Brennan Center has done extensive work on studying gerrymandering, and the six-term ex-supervisor from Minoa is part of a campaign by the Manlius GOP to do just that."

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Representation Matters: Interview with Town Councilor Heather Waters (By Sarah Levin)

The Humanist, July 26, 2023 

We branded our open comment period at the beginning of each meeting as 'Open Podium' to ensure people knew that all voices were welcome anytime the board was in session. I also recite the Pledge of Allegiance without uttering 'under God' to make further the point that my patriotism or commitment to serve isn’t rooted in any religion. Many have forgotten that adding 'under God' to the Pledge was a political decision in 1954, during the Cold War.


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Waters shares position on food policy

SOFSA, Oct. 25, 2021

“I believe that we have a moral mandate to support people in our community who are experiencing food insecurity and weak food systems, but especially now, and while plans for rescue funds are being developed. It is also in our best economic interest to help others to see the interdependence of food systems with our efforts to promote and health and prosperity."

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2021 elections: Mark Olson and Heather Waters seek open seat in Onondaga County Legislature, October 13, 2021

Q: What is the most pressing concern for the residents in your district and how would you – as an Onondaga County legislator – address the problem?

A: District 10 residents need (and want) to know how the $1B-plus county budget is developed, and especially now, as millions in additional rescue funds are being doled out for special projects that are promised to generate sales tax. Residents need transparency and a legislature that makes it easier for their voices to be heard -- be it on a new aquarium, more support for mental health services, and fully staffing the health department.

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Working People Endorse Heather Waters

Waters receives endorsements from several labor unions in Central New York.

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Flip the Leg candidates call out David Knapp and his caucus for rushing a process they promised to do fairly.

Republican broken promises can't go unchallenged! View press conference here.

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CNY Democrats nominate slate of candidates aimed at flipping county legislature

February 17, 2021

Syracuse, N.Y. — The Onondaga County Democratic Committee Wednesday named candidates who will run for each of the 17 seats on the county legislature this year as part of an effort to win control of the body from Republicans.

Republicans currently outnumber Democrats 11 to six on the legislature. And the GOP is targeting three seats in and around the city that are held by Democrats.

Pamela Hunter, chair of the Onondaga County Democratic Committee, said the party had a huge number of candidates interested in running this year. Incumbent Democrats in the 15th and 16th county legislative districts faced challenges for the designation, but each won.

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By David Tyler

Manlius Councilor Heather Waters, a Democrat, has officially put her hat in the ring to be the next county legislator representing the Manlius area the Onondaga County Legislature.

Her announcement comes a week after Legislator Kevin Holmquist announced he wasn’t going to run for reelection next November, and Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson said he would vie for the Republican nomination for the post.

“I had been thinking about it for some time,” Waters said, adding that she felt a greater urgency to run following the county legislature’s decision earlier this year not to support the fair maps initiative in redistricting.


Waters to Run for County Legislature

November 17, 2020


Heather Waters Enters Race for Onondaga County Legislator District 10

November 18, 2020

Fayetteville, New York – Heather Waters, Manlius Town Councilor, will be seeking the Democratic Party nomination for Onondaga County Legislator, 10th District. Waters has a 20-year track record of working with people of every political stripe in business, law, education, and the arts. She supports smart growth and invites more residents with young families and newcomers to participate in government.


Councilor Waters is running because she wants to “communicate how decisions made on the county level affect our daily lives.” She adds, “Economic challenges and the impact of the pandemic will be felt for years to come, and our district deserves a representative dedicated to collaboration and ushering good ideas forward.”

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