Hills seeks legislature seat

Courtney M. Hills (I- East Syracuse) has announced her candidacy for the 7th Legislative District of the Onondaga County Legislature. If elected Courtney would become the first Independence Party member on the County Legislature, as well as the first female legislator for the 7th legislative district. She is also endorsed by and will appear on the Republican and Libertarian Party lines on the ballot this November.

There is a favorite saying (by Mary Anne Radmacher) that Courtney both relates to and continues to aspire to everyday. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes Courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow.”

And after meeting Courtney, it’s easy to associate her with these wise words.  When in her company, it’s quick to see that although she has an overall quiet demeanor, she is an outspoken resilient woman driven by her ambitions and goals.

“People are who they are because of their experiences. As a young child I felt the stress of my parents’ divorce and witnessed the struggles my mother faced being a single parent living paycheck to paycheck. I learned very early on that if I wanted to achieve my goals and find success, I needed to focus and put in the hard work to get there.”

It was this mindset that enabled Courtney to balance several part-time jobs during her high school and college days. She graduated high school with honors and went on to earn three degrees from Syracuse University. She is now the President of the Law Offices of Courtney M. Hills, P.C. in East Syracuse, where she concentrates her practice in the representation of village and town legislative, planning, and zoning boards, as well as real estate transactions. She has been the recipient of numerous accolades for her work, including being named an Upstate New York Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2017 and 2018.

And while her professional endeavors are a big part of Courtney’s life, she also maintains an active role in the local community. Courtney supports several local not-for-profit organizations that raise funds in support of research, education and awareness for ovarian and breast cancer, and has previously served on the Board of Directors for Home Headquarters, an organization whose mission is to create housing opportunities for individuals and families and to improve communities in Central and Upstate New York. When not working or volunteering, Courtney makes time to appreciate some simple pleasures, including spending time with friends and family, keeping up with a fitness routine at the local Orangetheory Fitness Studio, and hanging out at home with her beloved dogs Thomas and Coco.

“I am very proud of my accomplishments and the abilities my education and experiences have given me to make a difference in our community. I truly believe that if you want change, you need to participate in the process.  Both professionally and personally, I put everything I have into making a difference.  Sometimes, this includes stepping out of my comfort zone, but I believe that this is how real change is made.”

Courtney is currently facing opponents on the Democratic, Working Families, and Conservative Party lines. Democrats have an enrollment advantage in the district, which covers parts of DeWitt, East Syracuse, and a small corner of the City of Syracuse including Eastwood, Sedgwick and Northside neighborhoods.

Follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/courtneyforleg/

Contributed by: Erin L.W. Zacholl

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