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Jennifer H. Thompson |

Jennifer H. Thompson is running for Huntington town council member

Jennifer H. Thompson

Thompson has focused her campaign on three issues: term limits, transparency and ethics reform, and quality of life issues. She said she's developed an action plan for transparency and ethics reform, which she said would expose conflicts of interest in the awarding of town contracts. She also has called for limiting town board members to two four-year terms, which she said will reduce cronyism and "protect residents from leaders seeking power, instead of performance." On quality of life issues, she said she supports affordable housing options for residents, but wants to improve the system so projects are approved regardless of the wealth or political relationships of those seeking to develop them. "I want to be able to have my family live here forever and have my kids come back here," she said. " . . . We need to make sure our town hall is spending in a way that is really honoring our community, that is effective, and that provides the resources to support the community and thrive."

Thompson, 44, of East Northport is running on the Republican and Reform Party lines. She works as senior coordinator for Japan-based Seisa Group's International Exchange Program. Thompson spent nearly a decade in California, working as a teacher and in education administration, specializing in international exchange programs. She has served on the Northport-East Northport Board of Education since 2010, according to her campaign website. Thompson received a bachelor's in psychology in 1994 from The Master's College, based in Santa Clarita, California. She studied psychology and special education at California State University and received a Certificate in Coaching through education courses at Brown University in 1998. Thompson is married and has two children.