I’m Sarah Compo, and I am excited to share that I’m running for Watertown City Council.
I was born and raised in Watertown, and have lived here for more than 30 years. I know Watertown is a great place to live, and I want to help it reach its full potential.
As your representative, I will be dedicated to working each and every day to improve Watertown for those who call it “home.” One of my very top priorities will be looking for new, innovative ways to save taxpayer dollars and keep more money in the pockets of hardworking people across our city.
I will also prioritize efforts to encourage business growth; looking for ways to attract new employers to Watertown and supporting existing business as they work to succeed. As the daughter of a longtime small business owner and an entrepreneur myself, I know the struggles many of our small businesses experience when it comes to making ends meet. I want to look for ways to help our local small businesses overcome those challenges and cut red tape so they can continue to grow.
Seeking to continue the momentum we have seen Downtown is also important to me and I will work with community partners to encourage new businesses to locate there. In recent years, new investments have breathed life back into Downtown Watertown. As your representative, I will strive to see that it again becomes the beating heart of our community by launching efforts that ensure Downtown is the first place entrepreneurs look when considering opening a new business.
I’ll also be working to create new opportunities that encourage young people to return to our city. As a young professional, I consider myself lucky to have built a life I enjoy in Watertown that includes a rewarding career, community involvement and many family and friends. It’s time other young people realize the benefits of living in a smaller, growing city—and I’ll make it my mission to deliver that message.
These are just a few of the goals I will be working toward as your representative and I am looking forward to hearing your ideas too. In the coming weeks and months, I will be going door-to-door across our city to meet you and hear your thoughts on ways Watertown can improve. If you have a suggestion or idea you just can’t wait to share, click here to send me a message.
Watertown is my home and I am passionate about making it a better place. Together, I know we can achieve that goal. Thank you in advance for your support and I look forward to seeing you soon.
Sarah V. Compo
Graduate of: Immaculate Heart Central, SUNY Geneseo
Career: Reporting Assistant to NBC's "TODAY Show" Financial Editor Jean Chatzky (2008-2010), WWNY/7 News Reporter and Weekend Anchor (2010-2013), Office of State Senator Patty Ritchie (2012-Present) and Owner and Operator of Soirée NNY (2014-Present)
Community Involvement: Friends of the Flower Memorial Library Board, Disabled Persons Action Organization Foundation Board, Thousand Islands Land Trust Board, member of Watertown City Council (appointed to one year term in January of 2019)
Honors: NNY Business "20 Under 40" recipient, B. J. Keller Excellence in Journalism Award, US Army War College National Security Seminar participant