Dunkirk-Fredonia businessman Ron Johnson, Democratic and Independence Candidate for County Executive, opened his campaign headquarters in Dunkirk Wednesday. Speakers included the former Lt. Governor Stan Lundine and Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce. The leaders spoke to Johnson's unique business skills and the job creation experience that he will bring to the office of County Executive.
"My goal over the next four years can be summarized into one word, 'jobs.' This is a fact; we have 7,000 fewer jobs in our county than we did just seven years ago. Four more years of the status quo will mean more lost jobs and more lost opportunities. I will work so that in my first year we have more 'shovel ready sites' to attract investors to our region. My opponent and the current county administration have failed to develop shovel ready industrial sites to attract new business and we have lost potential new jobs for our county," Johnson said.
Lundine stated, "Our County's future can only move forward if we have a government working to the best of its ability. I saw that under my years as a congressman and lieutenant governor that a government works best when it's leaders are taking an active role in their community, bringing new investors to the region. Ron Johnson is a proven job creator and a businessman who solves problems. We need Ron Johnson on the job in Mayville."
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Ron Johnson, left wearing suitcoat and tie, is pictured with his supporters as he opens his campaign headquarters at 332 Central Ave., 2nd floor, Dunkirk.
Dolce said, "Ron Johnson is a businessman who manages multiple issues in his normal business day. Ron Johnson has 30 years of first-hand business experience in our county. He understands what it takes to be successful in hard times. I look forward to working with Ron to develop Dunkirk and the surrounding area."
Johnson is a fifth generation Chautauqua County resident, owner/operator of Johnson Adult Homes in Fredonia, and was the lead developer of Fredonia Place. He has turned around three different assisted living facilities in New York and Florida. Johnson is a Vietnam conflict combat veteran, former Pomfret Town Justice and a retired Chautauqua County Deputy Sheriff.
The office is located at 332 Central Ave, 2nd floor, Dunkirk.