Janet Keefe announces candidacy for Chautauqua County Legislature

Janet Calanni Keefe recently announced her campaign for Chautauqua County Legislative District 4, the eastern portion of the village of Fredonia. She has the endorsements of the Democratic, Indepen-dence and Working Families parties.

“I have been a Fredonia resident for most of my life and although I have never considered myself a politician, the opportunity to run for this position has arisen. The reason I have accepted this challenge is because I feel our village and region have a great deal to offer and I am willing and able to put my heart and soul into the future development of the region. Also, I possess the following qualities: I am hard-working and tenacious, which would make me a positive and contributing member to the Chautauqua County Legislature,” Keefe stated.

Keefe is a graduate of Fredonia Central Schools, holds an associate’s degree in human services from Jamestown Community College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

As a volunteer, Keefe coached for the Northern Chautauqua Soccer Association. She taught religious education for Confirmation classes at the Newman Center. She was also a volunteer for the Hot Line for Rape and Battering.

The Fredonia Recreation Department hired Keefe to supervise the Village Teen Center and coordinate the Dunkirk-Fredonia Soccer League.

She has been employed by the Chautauqua Day Care School Age Program, The Private Industry Coun-cil, Chautauqua Opportun-ities Inc. and SUNY Fredonia.

Keefe is married to Stephen Keefe and they have raised three children in Fredonia. Nicholas Keefe and his wife, Christine Cruz-Keefe, reside in Dunkirk with their two children, Stephen and Nathan. Peter Keefe resides in Estero, Fla. Christina Keefe lives in Salem, Mass.

“If elected, I will focus on employment retention, growth and recruitment. It is important to promote Chautauqua County as a unified region while making sure area needs are addressed. Legislators must also ensure that government works effectively and efficiently. I will understand the operations of all departments that operate under my committees, as well as all other county departments. My goal is to work hard with the county executive, other elected officials, department heads and the labor force to make Chautauqua County the best that it can be,” Keefe stated.

“The upcoming election is very important to the future of Chautauqua County,” she continued. “Not only are our legislators up for election, but also the county executive will be elected by the voters this year. I encourage all eligible voters to make sure they are registered to vote and to cast their ballots on Nov. 5 at the Wheelock School.”