ASHVILLE – The Democratic candidate for County Executive is making a bold promise in his campaign.
Fredonia businessman Ron Johnson says he’s so certain that Chautauqua County’s recent history of job losses can be turned around that he is willing to risk his own future on it. In a media release earlier this week, Johnson said that if he can’t turn the county’s record of 7,000 lost jobs into job growth during his first term in office, he won’t seek re-election.
Johnson said he would develop job creation in the area by making better use of the county’s Economic Development Department and Industrial Development Agency. He said he’d use the state’s new Start Up New York program to bring new jobs to our area.
Earlier in the campaign, Johnson attacked current County Executive Greg Edward’s job creation record by pointing out that the county has actually seen a net loss of 7,000 jobs during Edward’s two terms in office. He said that if elected, he would remove the county’s current economic development staff and bring in his own group of development officials.
Johnson is running against county legislator and Republican Vince Horrigan in the Nov. 5 general election.