The incumbent in the Cayuga County Legislature’s District 14 seat now faces a challenger, as the local Democratic Party announced Friday they’ve endorsed a candidate for the race.
The Cayuga County Democratic Committee has endorsed Gwen Webber-McLeod, a small business owner and nonprofit leader, to run against incumbent Legislator Michael Didio, who is seeking his third term representing the southern section of Auburn.
Webber-McLeod said she was encouraged to run in part by her participation in the Women Elect program, as well as the campaigns of several other woman candidates in the county and city this year.
Her parents were also both Jefferson County Legislators, a tradition she hopes to continue here.
Webber-McLeod has lived in Auburn with her husband for over 30 years. Currently, she serves as president and CEO of Gwen, Inc., a leadership and organizational development consulting firm, and also founded You Can’t Fail, a nonprofit dedicated to creating the “next generation of women leaders of color.”
The experience she has gained in skills like budgeting and fiscal management will help as a Legislator, she said, but more important are her skills with collaborating, building coalitions, and leadership, partly developed serving on a number of boards and organizations such as the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce and the Booker T. Washington Community Center.