Longtime Wheatfield resident Shirley Joy has announced her candidacy for Wheatfield Town Board.
Joy and her husband, John, have lived in Wheatfield for more than 40 years, raising their four daughters and seeing the town more than double in population.
She is in favor of responsible commercial and residential growth. Preservation of green space areas and maintaining natural drainage are other priorities.
Joy's main platform is one of instituting checks and balances. A one party government is never a good thing, she said. Joy believes that if elected with her running mate, Judy Blake, they will keep a watchful eye on the town's business and initiate a more responsible and balanced government. Increased financial transparency is one of her goals.
Another area that she wants to take a good look at is the Recreation Department. She has several ideas on how to improve the department and bring new programs to the town.
Joy is a graduate of Niagara University with a degree in accounting. She worked in corporate accounting at Carborundum Abrasives before working for 13 years in government accounting.
She strongly believes in being active in supporting the community. When her daughters attended Niagara-Wheatfield schools, she was active in BEN (the parent-teacher group) and supported the music program. She was on the town Recreation Commission for several years and participated in the development of many programs. She is a member of the Wheatfield Garden Club, which maintains the gardens around the town's Community Center and entrances to the town.
Additionally, she is an active member of St. Christopher Parish where she serves as a Eucharist minister, coordinator of Family Promise, and a member of the finance committee.
The Wheatfield Democratic Club, the Niagara County Democratic Committee and the Working Families Party have all endorsed Joy.