Lauren Levin always building community and relationships in the Town she loves
Although we have many substantive issues to discuss, we think who we are as humans is substantive too. Here is some background and thoughts by Lauren Levin, Candidate for Town Board. Also see Lauren’s bio here.
I like to believe I think like a business owner despite never being one. When I served on the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce, members would often ask me, “What business do you own?”
“None, I am a stay-at-home mom, but my entire professional background is in retail” I would respond. “Did you get bored being at home?” many would quip. “You have not met my kids!” I’d say laughing, “Boring it is not, but I miss retail, and I really love this town and think I can help blend those skills and passion to help.”
I decided to run for Town Board because I believe my skill set, my retail background, my relationships with the community and most importantly a growing belief that my passion and pragmatism can help get things done in a positive and collaborative way. First, I feel lucky and grateful for living in New Castle. I was born in the Philippines and grew up in a working-class family. We moved around a lot: from the Philippines to Guam, to Hawaii, to Maryland, to New Jersey, and finally to Las Vegas when I was in middle school. Although I despised moving and leaving my friends, I can see now that those experiences shaped me. My exposure to different cultures and backgrounds has afforded me the skills to work effectively and collaboratively in almost any capacity. I learned along this path that you always, 100% of the time, need to give people the benefit of the doubt.
My husband and I moved to Town before we had children. We loved it! After living in NYC for many years, we adored the fresh air, quaint downtown and peaceful environment. Occasionally people would ask where our kids were but the experience of living in town without children gave us a great window into how folks feel before they have kids and after they become empty-nesters. Today, our son, Jackson, is a 1st grader at Grafflin Elementary and our daughter, Lily, is a Bluebird at Chappaqua Friends Nursery School. Throughout our time in New Castle, we’ve met so many wonderful families and established amazing friendships. It’s truly a community full of thoughtful and kind people.
While, I don’t have Jim Smith’s tactical experience or Sean’s point of view from a lifetime in New Castle, I believe I can add real value to the board because I am a stay-at-home mom; I am here 24/7. I can provide the perspective of the folks who spend most of their time right here in our community – stay-at-home parents, folks that work from home, and retirees. I also represent the population of young families with young kids who are here for the long haul.
In the coming weeks until Election Day, I hope you will take the time to get to know us. We are Team New Castle; we deeply care about our community and hope to maintain a constructive dialogue. We are super focused on the issues and want to hear from you too. Most importantly, we are committed to results.