ELLICOTT - With protecting taxpayers and promoting job growth as her top priorities, Lisa Vanstrom officially announced her candidacy for the newly created county Legislature District 15, which encompasses the town of Ellicott south of Interstate 86, including the villages of Celoron and Falconer.
"I will dedicate myself to ensuring that Chautauqua County becomes a more affordable place to live, work and do business. Reducing the tax burden, cutting wasteful spending, empowering job creation, and growing small businesses will turn our economy around, improve the overall health of our county, while increasing opportunity and prosperity," she said.
Vanstrom, who has been endorsed by the Republican, Independence and Property Rights parties, presently serves as town of Ellicott's Ward One Councilwoman. Her town experience includes serving on the Economic Development, Public Safety and Human Resources committees. She also is an appointed member of the Chautauqua County Traffic Safety Advisory Board.
A lifelong Chautauqua County resident and Dunkirk High School graduate, she earned a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Vanstrom began working in public service in the mid 1990s as a staff member for Sen. Jess Present, followed by working for Sen. Patricia McGee.
She serves as a constituent specialist for state Sen. Cathy Young, devoting her expertise to solving community issues and assisting residents of the 57th Senate District.
Vanstrom said that her invaluable experience in government has allowed her to work on behalf of taxpayers by holding the line on property taxes while protecting vital services.
"Fiscal accountability and responsibility will continue to be my priorities as a Chautauqua County Legislator. We must reduce the heavy property tax burden on our hardworking taxpayers, and revitalize our economy through private sector job growth by building an environment that is conducive to the success of small business and manufacturers. By turning the economy around, we will have more jobs for our families and opportunities for our young people so they can stay after they graduate," Vanstrom said.
"I am committed to preserving and protecting Chautauqua Lake, a valuable natural asset that is our economic engine and source of outstanding recreation and quality of life. Additionally, I strongly support protecting the rights and activities of our county sportsmen and women," she said.
"My other priorities include strengthening our county's enhanced Veterans Services and our critically important senior citizens programs," said Vanstrom.
"These are just some of the reasons why I feel so strongly about stepping forward as a well-qualified candidate for the county Legislature. I am excited and enthusiastic about serving the people, and ask for the voters' support to bring my goals of positive growth, common sense solutions, and sound fiscal policy to county government."
Vanstrom lives in Ellicott with her husband, John, and their two sons, Justin and Jackson. Her children attend Southwestern School District. She is a member of Sacred Heart R.C. Church, the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association, and the War Vets Recreation Club.