JAMESTOWN - Chautauqua County Clerk Candidate Lori Cornell today added a recent SUNY Fredonia graduate to her campaign team. Maxwell Radley will serve as the campaign manager, overseeing the day-to-day activity of the campaign and schedule.
"Max has added a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the campaign, in addition to putting in a lot of hours on my behalf," Cornell said. "It is wonderful to have someone as talented as Max join this campaign for County Clerk."
"I am honored to be a part of Lori's campaign," Radley said. "Lori is an inspiration and I have seen the dedication, effort and hard work she is putting into public service on a day to day basis."
Most recently, Radley served in the Regional Affairs office of the Empire State Development Corporation, New York state's chief economic development agency, where he was active in fund allocation procedure and partial financial analysis of business entities. He also scheduled, planned and implemented regional events, and researched and wrote issue briefs on behalf of the agency.
With a degree in economics and political science from SUNY Fredonia, Radley was active in student leadership and sports. He served as a student ambassador, vice president and treasurer of Model European Union, and on the SUNY Fredonia NCAA Division III Track and Field team. His honors and awards include Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society), Dean's List, Livingston Award, SUNYAC Commissioner's Academic List and SUNYAC All-Academic Team.
Cornell is currently serving her second term in the Chautauqua County Legislature. As a County Legislator, Cornell has worked to improve declining housing in the county. She has been a longtime advocate for reducing the size of the county legislature to 15 or less, and has consistently opposed spending and tax increases. She also led the effort to form a non-partisan commission to redraw county legislature districts. The effort led to the formation of an independent commission that produced a non-partisan redistricting proposal. The independent proposal ultimately failed and a partisan plan was approved without Cornell's support. She has been a strong supporter of 4-H and efforts to protect and enhance Chautauqua Lake.
In addition to her public service, Cornell has held full-time professional and management positions in municipal, county, state and the federal government. Also, over the last two years, she has assisted small businesses in marketing and sales in a consulting capacity. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Jamestown Community College. Cornell received her master's degree from the St. Bonaventure University School of Business and her bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she was accepted into the Hesburgh Honors Program. She is a graduate of Dunkirk High School.
A Dunkirk native, Cornell resides in Jamestown where she has been actively involved in the Jamestown Schools PTA, Babe Ruth baseball, American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters, Business and Professional Women, and Mothers of Preschools. Her board service has included the Chautauqua County Land Bank, Family Service of the Chautauqua Region, Kiwanis Club, Housing Authority and Jamestown Property Rehabilitation. She received the Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA this year.