Katrina Pulham said Rochester’s small businesses will need a voice as the city recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Being a small-business owner has been challenging to say the least, and it’s really opened my eyes to the policies and procedures that are in place,” she said.
Pulham has filed for the Ward 4 Rochester City Council seat, hoping to replace Mark Bilderback, who has decided not to seek another term.
The candidate said she didn’t make her decision lightly, taking time to reach out to council member Annalissa Johnson, who decided to not seek a second term in order to focus on her business.
Pulham, who co-owns Air Insanity Indoor Trampoline Park, said Johnson’s decision would leave a gap on the council.
“As we rebuild, it’s important that somebody who is working in the small-business community and can have a voice for the small-business community can be within the city and help rebuild from here,” she said, adding that she believes she has the ability to be that voice.
At the same time, she said she also wants to make sure other voices are heard. Working with an Air Insanity staff composed largely of young people, she said she wants to help address their concerns about diversity and equity in the community.
“There is change that needs to be done,” she said, referring to messages heard in recent protests. “The voices of our youth need to be heard, and our community needs to be heard.”
Pulham said she believes a single topic rises to the top when seeking to address community needs.
“My No. 1 thing is affordable housing, across the board,” she said. “It’s the thing that Rochester has struggled with for a long time, and it’s still a big struggle.”
Pulham joins Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick, a landscape designer; Abel Brito, a sales manager; and PJ Calkins, a sales and marketing strategist, in seeking the Ward 4 seat.