Ducson Nguyen is announcing his candidacy for Ward 2 Alderperson on the City of Ithaca Common Council. Born and raised in New Jersey, Ducson and his wife Amber moved to the Ithaca area in 2009. Ducson is a software engineer at GrammaTech, a cybersecurity research firm in downtown Ithaca, and Amber is an associate professor of psychology, earning tenure at Tompkins Cortland Community College just last year. They’ve owned their Northside home for two years, and have enjoyed building their lives in downtown Ithaca.
“Living downtown has brought me close to this community,” Ducson said. “I’m an enthusiastic follower of city issues and am involved in many more local activities than ever before. Living in Ithaca has improved my quality of life and sense of belonging, and now I want to pay that back.”
The 2nd Ward stretches from Northside to South of the Creek through the city’s core, and is one of the city’s most diverse areas. Ducson sees an opportunity to serve the needs of these constituents by addressing rising housing costs, deteriorating infrastructure, bicycle and pedestrian safety, sustainability, and the modernization of Ithaca’s economy.
“These issues are inextricably linked,” he stated. “I look forward to nurturing a balanced approach to economic development, encouraging growth while preserving neighborhood character and improving quality of life.”
Ducson serves on the board of Tompkins Connect, and has volunteered for Historic Ithaca, Habitat for Humanity, Adopt a Highway cleanups, the Hangar Theater, United Way, and other worthy causes in the Ithaca area.
“Over the last few years, I’ve gotten to know Ducson through his volunteer activities in the community, and I’ve been impressed by his intelligence, his thoughtfulness, and his commitment to Ithaca,” said Seph Murtagh, Common Council representative for the 2nd Ward. “I am pleased to endorse Ducson Nguyen for Common Council. He is very interested in housing issues, he has a smart, balanced approach to economic development, and he has a wonderful appreciation for Ithaca’s neighborhoods. I think he will make an excellent voice for the 2nd Ward on Common Council.”