Democrat incumbent Kitley Covill faces Republican Gina Arena for a two-year term as the District 2 legislator, which includes Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Pound Ridge and part of Somers.

We asked each of the candidates to talk briefly about themselves, their positions and goals. You can find their answers below:

Gina Arena

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Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience. 
I have called District 2 home all my life. Born to a working class family in Bedford, my strong work ethic and strong belief in family and public well-being comes from my local upbringing and from my role as a working mother of eight.  I am motivated by a sense of honesty, fairness and responsibility to community.

This mother has raised eight beautiful children, six girls and two boys, with my husband of 32 years, James Arena, III.  Our family dynamic includes opioid addiction, depression, autism, a commitment to military service.  Unfortunately, me and my family also suffered the loss of a child to brain cancer at the age of 6. My husband, Jim, a former fire chief of Katonah, and I currently reside in Purdys. Jim works for the Town of Bedford, and I have worked for the Westchester County Department of Laboratories and Research for the last 12 years.

I have spent my life advocating for my family. I am a Founding Family of the Devereux Millwood Learning Center, and I brought a new  way to educate children with Autism to New York.  I created the Jimmy foundation in memory of my son Jimmy who passed away from a brain tumor.  This foundation has helped many children suffering from life threatening illnesses and/or injuries.

Why do you want to be a county legislator?

I am worried about the future of our district and the future of Westchester. The lack of affordability is pushing people out. I worry for my own children and their future. I also worry about my parents and their ability to stay in South Salem. I want to find creative, proactive ways to curb the spending and not raise taxes as the first steps to fix a financial problem.
What is a top priority for the county over the next five to 10 years?
Taxes and affordability. There are many generational families that live in our towns. These families are our blue color workers, police, town employees, as well as our volunteers for the fire department and ambulance.  These are the necessary people that keep our towns working. We need to figure out how to make it affordable for them to stay.

Kitley Covill

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience. 
I was elected in 2017. Chair of the Legislation and Social Services Committees, Vice Chair of three other committees; member of the Westchester County Board of Ethics, County Police Safety Board and the Community Services Board. Life long resident of the district, having grown up in Pound Ridge, moved to Lewisboro and currently living in Katonah. 
My experience includes: Assistant District Attorney; supervising attorney in the county attorney’s office; Inspector General in the City of Yonkers.  That experience gave me an understanding of municipal budgeting and the process of drafting legislation. Volunteered as a Lewisboro planning board, zoning board, the Katonah Volunteer Ambulance Corp, the Community Center of Northern Westchester; Westchester Women’s Bar Association - Co-Chair, Legislative Committee, Chair, Criminal Law, Ethics and Domestic Violence Committees and State Director; President of the Board of Directors for the YWCA White Plains and Central Westchester. 

Why do you want to be a county legislator?
To advocate for the needs of Northern Westchester and the six towns in District 2.  Those needs include: Sewer and septic money; Clean water money; County parks investments; Road paving; Better Utility responses to storms and outages; Legislation that reflects the diversity of the district, such as a ban on hiring questions regarding salary history, a sensible Immigration Protection Act, a ban on polystyrene containers, and an end to gun shows on county property.  

What is a top priority for the county over the next five to 10 years?
Address the growing opioid crisis; Press for environmental goals and work toward hardening our infrastructure to prevent flooding and waterway pollution; Continue investing in Northern Westchester by paving county roads and fixing our parks; Keep the utilities investing in hardware so residents receive better service; Continue outreach to our veterans