West is a notable artist, civic activist, and community organizer hailing from the lower Manhattan area, who has recently stepped up to run for Alderperson of Ward 2 on the city of Ithaca's Common Council. With a solid background in fighting for the rights and protections of the most vulnerable, West's professional and lived experience puts them in a unique position to effect change in their community. Their advocacy work has focused on issues such as homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, police reform, abolition, reproductive rights, and disability support among others.
West is passionate about creating a world that is fair, just, and equitable for all, and they believe that this starts with creating intentional spaces that foster queer community and work towards eradicating some of the most pressing issues that plague modern society. With a BA in Philosophy and Public Affairs from Claremont McKenna College, West is well equipped to navigate policy issues and provide solutions that are evidence-based, equitable, and just.
With a keen focus on fighting for tenant rights and protections as well as exploring humane solutions to homelessness, West is enthusiastic about the implementation of Ithaca's Reimagining Public Safety (RPS) initiative and aims to engage with residents and stakeholders in a grassroots community-led public safety campaign. West is a vocal advocate for marginalized communities including Black, transgender, queer, low-income, and disabled persons, and will continue to push for a more intersectional, dynamic, and progressive community. As an Alderperson of Ward 2, West promises to channel their energy and expertise in initiatives that support greater inclusivity, transparency, and representation for all residents.