Bio – Rick Spencer

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Jun 11, 2007 1 Comment ›› Rush Democrats Webmaster Posted in: Elections

Download full printable version of Rick Spencer’s biography HERE.
Democratic Candidate for
Rush Town Council
Rush should be a place where children know that they are valued; where there is community dialogue, where citizens talk and officials listen; a place where people know what they get for their tax money.
I understand government budgets, matching funds, grant writing, consensus building and above all the importance of being open to the public.
Janet and I have been married for 26 years. We have two sons, Tim and Steve. Our children were born here, have gone to school here, made friends, gone to college. I hope they will find work here. Rush is our home.
– 4 years as a successful program assessment and development consultant
– 31 years of progressively increasing responsibility at Monroe County Department of Social Services
– 22 years as the Department’s welfare to work administrator
– Lead, coordinated and supervised 50 employees
– Negotiated and monitored contracts and agreements with annual funding exceeding $9,000,000
Honors and Awards:
– Distinguished Volunteer Service Award (United Way of Greater Rochester)
– Certificate of Appreciation for Service (New York State Department of Education)
– Service Award (Rochester Private Industry Council)
– Friend of Education (School Board Rochester City School District)
– Outstanding Contribution (New York State Council on Vocational Education)
– Recognition and Appreciation (Rochester Rehabilitation Center)
Past and Present Community Activities:
– Town of Rush Conservation Board
– Rochester City School Board Advisory Council for Career Education (Past Chair)
– Southwest YMCA Board of Management
– Boy Scouts of America Troop 134 Assistant Scout Master
– Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors (Chair Personnel Committee)
– Wilson Commencement Park Advisory Committee
– Monroe Community College Damon City Campus Advisory Board
– Rush Henrietta Education Foundation (Founding Trustee)
– Rochester Business Education Alliance
– Action for a Better Community Board of Directors
– Court Appointed Special Advocates Board of Directors
– University of Rochester Bachelor of Arts
It seems like more and more decisions are made before most of us even know there was a question. I would like our town to be a place where decisions are made after the discussion, not a place where last week’s decisions are this week’s discussion.
I would like to serve our community as an elected representative, working as your Town Council member.


  1. Barbara Bird says:

    Having worked with Rick throughout his tenure at the Monroe County Department of Social Services and afterwards, as a development consultant, I can speak to his strong work ethic as well as his effective leadership skills. He listens carefully and makes decisions thoughtfully. He cares deeply about the community and translates that caring into action. Folks in Rush are fortunate to have Rick as a candidate.

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