Edith P. Wormley, assistant director of intercultural affairs and opportunity programs, talked about how few black people seek elective office in a front-page story that was part of the Finger Lakes Times' “Black History In The Making” series, featured in the Monday, Feb. 11 edition.
Wormley was elected to the Geneva City School District board of education in 1990, and served until 1997, and was the first black woman on the board.
In the article, she talked about running because her three children attended the local public schools, and said growing up in Geneva, attending Geneva schools and having community ties helped her get elected.
“I left the board feeling I had achieved some good things, working with the rest of the board. We had a good board,” she said.
A member of the HWS staff since 1990, she holds a bachelor's degree from Keuka College. She offered this advice to African Americans considering running: “Don't let others change your beliefs if you feel you are right, and run for office.”