Fredonia resident John Sedota has announced he is seeking a seat on the Pomfret Town Board.
"My goal is to work with the board toward producing quality services to the town, while at the same time working diligently to reduce property taxes," he said. He is the endorsed Republican candidate.
Sedota said government transparency and accountability are essential to assure the right choices are made. A first-time candidate for public office, Sedota said, "I think it is important to identify areas in the town budget that may be contributing to the annual tax increases that are draining money from the local economy and forcing more and more citizens to leave the area."
He noted that many young people he attended high school with have relocated because the economy here did not allow them to stay local. Sedota graduated from Fredonia High and obtained his bachelor of arts from SUNY Fredonia. He has been employed by Chautauqua County Department of Social Services since 1996. He is currently a child protection supervisor whose staff works with the adolescent population.
"I have led a team at the county level which has been successful in reducing costs despite reductions in resources. I believe that government needs to be more goal-oriented and more focused on increasing efficiency and productivity. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute my knowledge and experience to help realize these objectives," Sedota said.
"We need to examine and evaluate what we do as a government and why we do it, and then we can fully evaluate our systems and make improvements." Sedota explained that this process is what he strives to do every day in his work for the county.
Sedota served in the United States Army. He was an ammunition specialist stationed at Fort Polk, La., for two years, then a US Army reservist out of Gerry. He was returned to active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield stationed in Germany. Sedota received an honorable discharge in 1995.
Sedota is currently the treasurer/steward for CSEA Local 807. He is a member of Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk and a member of the Moose Club. He resides in the village of Fredonia with his wife, Trisha, and grandson. Sedota and his wife also have three adult children; two are currently attending college at Jamestown Community College and one is employed full time in Buffalo.