Fred Bertrando is running for the Chautauqua County Legislature's District 22 seat which represents the Town and Village of Westfield and the Town of Ripley's District 1 in the elections to be held on Nov. 8. The Chautauqua County Democratic Party, the Westfield Democratic Party and the Dunkirk Area Labor Council have endorsed Bertrando.
Bertrando, a 29-year resident of the Village of Westfield, is employed by Lake Shore Savings Bank in Dunkirk in the Accounting Department. He previously worked for Welch Foods in Westfield for 26 years. He is a graduate of Jamestown Business College.
Bertrando has participated in Westfield as a community leader in many organizations. As a member of St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, he has served as President of the Parish Council and is a member and officer of the Knights of Columbus Council 3100. He has also served as Chairman of Shared Decision making teams at Westfield Academy and Central School, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Westfield Little League; as well as serving in the capacity of President and Board Member of the Westfield Golden Hawks and the Lakeshore Midget Football League.
As a past three-term Village Trustee in Westfield with a proven track record, Bertrando brings the knowledge, experience and commitment necessary to effectively work on the issues facing Chautauqua County and its residents. Bertrando recognizes the time and work required to work through issues with county leaders and residents and is committed to making that investment. Goals are to continue to make the best use of our County tax dollars, to seek further growth and development for Westfield, Ripley and all of Chautauqua County and to maintain the quality of life that the residents of Chautauqua County value. Bertrando believes that allowing open dialogue between citizens and government is the best way to make the difficult choices facing the county.
Fred and his wife, Chris, have three children, Tammy Lancaster who lives in Westfield with her husband, Kevin, and two children, Taylor and Alyssa; Nicholas who lives in Fredonia, and Amy Hitchcock, who lives in Mayville with her husband, Jake.