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NIAGARA FALLS – Saying he hopes to bring the art of compromise and “a voice of reason” to City Hall, veteran educator Andrew Touma has announced his intention to seek one of three seats available on the City Council this fall.

A lifelong city resident, Touma was born and raised in the city’s LaSalle section and currently resides on College Terrace with his wife, Jocelyn, and children, Alex, 16; Ben, 15; John, 5; and Mike, 2. The Democratic hopeful said his main priority for the city is to promote growth and create a business-friendly environment that will attract jobs, making it possible for the city’s youth to find gainful employment and remain in the area.

The 19-year veteran of the Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda school districts has worked in various teaching and administrative capacities, currently teaching third grade at Geraldine J. Mann Elementary in the Falls. He is a graduate of Niagara University, holding a bachelor’s degree in commerce and dual master’s in education and school administration.

Touma is also president of the St. John de LaSalle Parish Council and has served on the United Way of Niagara for more than 20 years..