Jen Lunsford is a lawyer, a mom, and a community volunteer running for the New York State Senate against Rich Funke in the 55th District. Jen is 36 years old and resides in Penfield with her husband, Scott, a Pittsford native, and their two-year old son. After graduating from Boston University School of Law in 2009, Jen moved to Rochester to begin her legal career. Since then, she has worked to protect the interests of sick and disabled people through her work as an attorney, and to advocate for children as a volunteer with the Center for Youth. Jen believes that public service works best when it actually serves the public. She has pledged to hold regular public forums and open office hours throughout her district once she is elected.
“Elected office is a customer service job. Too many elected officials forget who they work for and shut themselves off to opinions that differ from their own. When you are given the privilege of serving your community you owe it to those you represent to hear them out, even if they didn’t vote for you or donate to your campaign. When you are elected to office, you should represent everyone, even those who disagree with you. Something I have learned over the course of my legal career, where I meet people from all walks of life, is that we are far more the same than we are different. We all want the same things– quality schools, good healthcare, safe communities and good job opportunities for ourselves and our families– we just sometimes disagree about how to get there.”