Cornell names small business owner as her campaign chair

JAMESTOWN – Chau-tauqua County Clerk Can-didate Lori Cornell Tuesday named Fredonia business owner Stephanie Stevens as her campaign chair. In this position Stephens will head up Cornell’s committee organization and oversee campaign volunteers.

“I am thrilled to have someone of Stephanie’s caliber chairing my campaign,” Cornell said. “As the owner of a small business, she un-derstands customer service, and providing the best service at the lowest possible cost.”

“I am honored to be a part of Lori’s campaign for Coun-ty Clerk,” Stevens said. “I be-lieve Lori Cornell is an inspirational leader who will bring a non-partisan professional ap-proach to the office she seeks.”

Stevens is the owner and director of The Wiggle Room, LLC, a successful Fredonia-based day care. Prior to starting her own business, she worked in sales for the Post Journal, OBSERVER, Verizon Wireless and 4-way radio. She has also served in management in the retail sector. As the owner of a small business, Stevens has successfully grown her business, managed a staff, payroll, and marketing.

Cornell is currently serving her second term in the Chautauqua County Legis-lature. As a County Legis-lator, she has worked to improve declining housing in the county. She has been a longtime advocate for reducing the size of the legislature to 15 or less, and has consistently opposed spending and tax increases. She also led the effort to form a non-partisan commission to redraw county legislature districts. The effort led to the formation of an independent commission that produced a non-partisan redistricting proposal. The independent proposal ultimately failed and a partisan plan was approved without Cornell’s support.

In addition to her public service, Cornell has held full-time professional and management positions in municipal, county, state and the federal government. Also, over the last two years, she has assisted small businesses in marketing and sales in a consulting capacity. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Jamestown Com-munity College. Cornell re-ceived her master’s degree from the St. Bonaventure University School of Busi-ness and her bachelor’s de-gree from the University of Notre Dame, where she was accepted into the Hesburgh Honors Program. She is a Dunkirk High School grad.

A Dunkirk native, Cornell resides in Jamestown where she has been actively involved in the Jamestown Schools PTA, Babe Ruth baseball, American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters, Business and Professional Women and Mothers of Preschools. Her board service has included the Chautauqua County Land Bank, Family Service of the Chautauqua Region, Kiwanis Club, Housing Authority and Jamestown Property Rehabilitation. She received the Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA this year.