Thomas "Tom" DeJoe has announced his candidacy for the new Chautauqua County Legislative District 7, which will include the whole towns of Portland and Stockton, plus a portion of the town of Chautauqua. For the past six years (three terms), DeJoe has been the Chautauqua County District 23 legislator, proudly representing town of Portland residents. He has served as a member of the Audit and Control Committee (2008-present); vice chairman of the Human Services Committee (2008-2009); a ranking member of the Public Facilities Committee (2010-present); a member of the County Home Oversight Subcommittee (2009-present); co-chairman of the County Legislature Redistricting Committee; and was appointed by the county executive as one of two legislators to search committees for director of finance and director of the veterans' office.
DeJoe has voted to eliminate legislators' health insurance, voted every time to reduce the size of the county legislature and voted not to sell the County Home. He successfully sponsored a county legislative resolution to repeal the SAFE Act.
DeJoe is a life-long Chautauqua County resident, save when he proudly served in the United States Navy from 1963-1967. He was honorably discharged as a petty officer, second class, was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and a Letter of Commendation. He earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from SUNY Fredonia in 1971, where he founded the Fredonia State Vietnam Veterans Club in 1970.
DeJoe has been actively involved in the community, school, church and youth programs where he has lived. He moved to Sinclairville in 1972, where he taught grades four and five. In 1972, he met and married the late Janet Tyler (CVCS, Class of '62). DeJoe was a member of the fire department, a village trustee and the PTA. He attended St. John the Evangelist Church, coached Little League and Babe Ruth League.
He moved to Brocton in 1975. He is a 47-year member of the American Legion, the past 30 years in Brocton Post 434, where he was a member of the Moving Wall (Vietnam) Committee. He was on the Library Board, the Village Playground Committee, the local United States Bicentennial Committee/Summer Festival Committee and the Town Bicentennial Committee. He is a member of the senior citizens club, the Town Zoning Board, the Red Cross Century Club (donated over 100 pints of blood), the Chautauqua County Home Auxiliary and the Beaver Club.
DeJoe has been on the boards of education of Brocton for 32 years and BOCES for 17 years. He was a Cub Scout den leader, coached Little League and midget football. He was in the PTA for 35 years. He attends St. Dominic Parish in Brocton, is a member of the Holy Name Society and a member of the Knights of Columbus (fourth Degree Knight). He and his late wife Jan were married for 38 years. They have a son Jason (married to Kelly Jo) and two grandsons, Tyler and Nicholas.
DeJoe is a strong advocate of not selling the County Home, as it provides high-quality monitored services for our relatives, friends and neighbors who may have need of such services. He also believes that a constant, very aggressive approach to attracting new industry and business would be successful. This would result in a larger tax base, it would create jobs with the result of lowering taxes and it would keep our adult children in Chautauqua County.