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Westfield village trustee candidate Santi profiled

February 19, 2016
Westfield Republican

Jill Santi, the Republican candidate for the Village of Westfield Board of Trustees, is approaching her sixth year as a resident of Westfield. Originally residing in the Southtowns of Buffalo, also having lived in metropolitan areas such as Rochester, St. Louis, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., before settling in Westfield, Santi stated, "I have never felt more at home anywhere else."

Santi holds an Associates in Science with Merit Degree in Communications/Media Advertising, Art Concentration from Niagara County Community College and then continued to SUNY Cortland graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with a Minor in Studio Art. Santi started her own business in Westfield, WestView Images, to promote the Chautauqua County area using her fine art photography product line. Through her determination to establish herself, she made significant connections to the community, leading her to the Westfield Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce accepting the position of coordinator in April 2014. "It was the logical position for me, I was already promoting the area, now I could do it on a global level and help other business within the community too," she said.

Santi is a single businesswoman, dedicated to the community. She keeps residents informed and entertained through social media, news articles, local events and by engaging in conversations with the community on a daily basis while walking the village, shopping, making sales calls or just visiting. "It's time for some positive changes in Westfield so it becomes a more stable place to live and raise families. By talking to the community I better understand what they want," she said.

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Jill Santi

Westfield's First Friday Summer events have taken on a new life since Santi became coordinator. Her admiration for Westfield and the community itself is what drives her to consistently promote local venues encouraging all to get involved. A large advocate of "Shop Local, Shop Small," Jill has helped promote Small Business Saturday this past year by "cash mobbing" Main Street, and narrating a short video created by a Westfield resident. She also contributes by creating events such as The Volunteer Summit, through the Chamber, at the Westfield Academy School which partners the WAVE program with non- profit organizations in an organized event.

The most current event she has ventured on her own, Sassy Seasonal Sundays, is a mini market event series bringing together small businesses under one roof while she coaches for greater success. Her vision for Westfield is to add more life into the emptiness we all know is here by bringing awareness to what Westfield already offers and steering attention to those who may want to bring new business in. She feels it is important for the residents to get involved in any way they can - they have pride and the ability to help create a stronger village.

"I am not looking to make Westfield any bigger than it is, I just want to fill it in," she said. Her goals are to continue promoting Westfield, enlighten the community as to what Westfield has to offer and restore it to a thriving small town.

 
 
 

 

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