BEMUS POINT - Chautauqua County Independence Committee Chair Thom Shagla officially announced that Fredonia businessman Ron Johnson is the party's choice this year for county executive.
"My executive committee was impressed with Ron's wide range of experience and his non-partisan and independent ideas. He is an independent thinker and that's what we are looking for in our candidates. Ron's experience as a county deputy sheriff, Pomfret town justice and business leader will give him the depth of knowledge needed to lead our county. In Ron's position as town justice he had no room for politics in his courtroom, and he will carry over that same persona as our next County Executive," Shagla said.
"The Independence Party focuses on electing qualified candidates who are not restricted by 'party politics.' I will be an independent County Executive," Johnson said about the Independence Party nod. "I will not be restricted by party labels and I will bring all sides to the table to identify non-partisan solutions to every county problem. I am someone who has always understood the value of working with everyone regardless of political affiliation."
"Chautauqua County has 7,000 fewer jobs than we had just seven years ago. We need to work for smarter investments in this county and with more long term solutions that work to create sustainable jobs in our county. I believe Ron Johnson is the perfect person to lead us forward," Shagla said.
Johnson is a fifth generation Chautauqua County resident, owner/operator of Johnson Adult Homes in Fredonia, and was the lead developer of Fredonia Place. He has turned around three different assisted living facilities in New York state and Florida. Johnson is a combat veteran of the Vietnam conflict, former Pomfret Town Justice and is a retired Chautauqua County Deputy Sheriff.