Ron Johnson to run for county executive

Special to the OBSERVER

Fredonia Businessman Ron Johnson announced that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Chautauqua County Executive.

Johnson, chief executive officer of Human Services Manage-ment Inc., owns and operates Johnson Adult Homes of Forestville and Underwood Manor of Hinsdale. A U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, Johnson worked 20 years as a county deputy sheriff before retiring and served 16 years as Pomfret town justice.

“It is time to bring private sector business know how to our county government,” Johnson said. “As a businessman I understand how to run a county using successful business practices and at the same time treating our employee’s fairly.”

Johnson continued, “The focus of my campaign for county executive will be about jobs. The New York State Department of Labor reports that there are 6,800 fewer people employed in Chautauqua County than there were just seven years ago. The unemployment rate of 8.1 percent for April 2013 is up dramatically from 4.7 percent in April 2006.

“This Ron Johnson campaign is about who can bring jobs back to the community and I have the proven record of success in business.” Johnson said. “As county executive, I promise that it will be my full-time job to convince companies to invest in Chautauqua County and to ensure that jobs remain here for years to come.”

The election for county executive will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.