JAMESTOWN – A local resident who’s best known for his work to raise awareness on the improvement of LGBT rights and equality is throwing his hat into the political arena.
Brocton Native Jason Perdue has announced his intention to run for 150th New York State Assembly district seat, currently held by Andy Goodell (R,C, I – Chautauqua).
In a media release sent out Tuesday, Perdue says he’s running because he wants to make sure residents in Chautauqua County have a representative who not only understands the issues that people face, but also someone who has lived through some of them. He said his top priority will be to ensure there are good-paying jobs in the county. He said he’ll also focus on the current drug epidemic, while also providing a voice in Albany for all groups of people so that no one is left behind.
Perdue is currently the manager of a local retail store and has also studied at both Jamestown Community College and Jamestown Business College. He is currently president of the Jamestown Pride Society.
Perdue was nominated as a candidate last Thursday by Jamestown City Council President Greg Rabb during a meeting of the Chautauqua County Democratic Committee, which then gave him their endorsement.
So far no one else has come forward to challenge Assemblyman Goodell, a Republican who was first elected to the Assembly in 2010.