John Hemmer is seeking election to the Chautauqua County Legislature representing District 22 which covers Westfield and a portion of Ripley. His primary goals are: promoting effective and efficient county government by consolidating duplicate services, keeping taxes and expenditures low, and pressuring state legislators to reduce unfunded mandates.
Hemmer strongly believes in these objectives and is dedicated to accomplishing them. He has received the endorsement of the Republican, the Conservative and the Independence parties.
"This is my first time running for political office. Our current county legislator, Doug Richmond, is retiring. I know I have big shoes to fill, but I can bring a new perspective to the position."
Hemmer is the son of Kenneth and Dorothy Hemmer, and has been part of the Westfield community since 1952. Ken Hemmer was the Westfield Village Justice for many years, and he taught John to respect the law, his community, and the rewards of service to others. John graduated from Westfield Academy and Central School and Alfred State College. John married Marilyn LaPorte in 1968, and they own and operate a 17-acre grape vineyard which John refers to as his "hobby." They have two children: Brett of Lincoln University, Pa., who is the Network Systems Administrator for the YMCA of Delaware, and Michael of Wilmington, Del/, who is a Senior Bus-iness Decisioning Architect for Pegasystems Inc.
John Hemmer began his professional career working in Cleveland, Ohio, as a Regional Engineering Technician for Johnson Controls. After moving back to Westfield in 1971, he took a position in the engineering department of Renold Inc. He has recently retired from his 18-year career in the engineering department of the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities. In August 2004, he was on the engineering team that was the recipient of the Everett Seastrum Award for Team Excellence.
John Hemmer has served the community of Westfield in many ways. He was a member of the Westfield Recreation Commission for several years. He is presently a member and chairman of the Town of Westfield Planning Board. Both John and Marilyn are actively involved in volunteer work for: Westfield Memorial Hospital, the McClurg Mansion, Westfield-Barcelona Chamber of Commerce Light the Lakes, and the village of Westfield Victorian Christmas. John has contributed to the Lincoln Festival, Celebrate Westfield, the Convoy of Hope, and the annual YWCA Arts & Crafts Festival. He is also proud to be a member of the Concord Grape Heritage Association and the Westfield Moose.
In addition to his work and community service, Hemmer attends St. Dominic Catholic Church in Westfield, where he has served on the Parish Council and is currently a Lector. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
"My family and I have enjoyed living in Westfield and we appreciate the benefits of being part of Chautauqua County. We love this beautiful and historic community. I will work diligently to preserve and improve Westfield, Ripley and Chautauqua County to make this an even better place in which to live and work."