ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A Pine City resident threw her hat into the ring for Chemung County Legislature. as she announced her candidacy for the 14th district of the Chemung County legislature earlier this evening. Christa Heyward made the announcement at Bernie Murray's restaurant in Elmira earlier tonight.

Her announcement is for Chemung's 14th district, which covers primarily Southport and Pine City. She invited friends, family, and colleagues to the restaurant for the big reveal. Heyward claimed economic development will be one of her priorities.

Upon her announcement she said, "Tonight I'm hosting a gathering to announce that I'm running for the 14th district of the county legislature. I am really excited to get involved in the legislative process, and there are so many people out there excited in supporting my campaign and this run for office."

Heyward is also a research scientist at Cornell University.