MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Carmel Democratic Committee has endorsed Judie Mirra, a recently retired elementary teacher, to run for the Town Board in November.

“As a lifelong educator, I have dedicated myself to advocating for children, families and strong communities,” she said. “Now that I have retired from that position, my goal is to serve Carmel as a member of the Town Board.”

Mirra called Carmel “a wonderful community” but said she felt there is always room for improvement, “with new voices and ideas.”

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Mirra said she plans to spend the next few months talking and listening to parents, senior citizens, business owners and community leaders to understand how the town government can better serve their needs.

“I am particularly concerned about the safety of our children and the opportunities older children have to engage and thrive,” she said. “The scourge of drug abuse is a serious threat to us all, and I believe we need to do more to address this problem.  As an educator, I know that different kids are inspired by different activities.”

Consequently, she said she favors the proposed town recreation center.

“The town recreation center has great potential to provide all our kids—athletes, artists, and tinkerers—with a safe, supportive environment for them to gather and grow,” she said. “We need to plan it carefully so it delivers the greatest benefit to all members of the community.”

Mirra and her family moved to Carmel from Yorktown eight years ago. 

“I knew this would be the perfect place for my grandson to grow up,” she said. “Now, I am ready to jump in and make a difference for him and for all Carmel families. I want to be part of a town government that does its best to help support our seniors and working families.”

There are two seats open on the Town Board and earlier this month the Republicans nominated incumbent Town Councilman Frank Lombardi and newcomer Mike Barile to run for the position. Supervisor Ken Schmitt is also up for reelection, but has no challenger has come forward at this point.