Ron Lemon has announced his candidacy for the newly formed Chautauqua County Legislative District 16 seat. The district incorporates the towns of Carroll, Kiantone and Poland. He will be on the ballot as a candidate with both the Chautauqua County Republican and Conservative parties.
Lemon has previously served as a member of the county legislature from 2007-10 and as legislative clerk in 2011. He has been the pastor of Koinonia Christian Fellowship in Frewsburg for 14 years, and a Frewsburg Central School bus driver for 10 years. Previously, he worked for Truck-Lite Co. Inc. for more than 18 years.
As a county legislator, Lemon served as chairman of the Human Services Committee, a member of the Administrative Services Committee, a member of the Chautauqua County Home Ad Hoc Committee and a member of the Welfare to Work Reform Committee.
As a legislator, Lemon was able to: advocate for a new Veterans Van to transport veterans to Buffalo and Erie, Pa.; help initiate the Kiantone Road refurbishment project; assist the town of Carroll with the South Pearl Street bridge water line issue; assist homeowners with FEMA applications after the 100-year flood of 2009; and assist the Frewsburg Fire Department during Gala Days fundraiser.
Lemon has also been very active in school and community events over the years. He has coached JV girls and modified boys basketball teams at Frewsburg, coached Little League baseball and softball teams, was a former director of the Frewsburg Little Hoopers program and has been a member of the TRZ Youth Center board of directors from 2012-present.
Lemon has been married Sheila (Wiltsie) Lemon for 29 years, and is the father of three grown children: Latasia, Ryan and Katie. As a legislator, Lemon says he plans on continuing to provide assistance and support for all residents of District 16 and be a voice for sound county policies to ensure our future. Some of his specific goals are: to ensure the County Home is sold to a qualified private sector purchaser; support efforts to repeal the illegally passed SAFE Act; continue to improve the success of the county's Welfare to Work programs; support the reduction of burdensome New York state mandates; work to reduce property taxes as much as possible; and keep opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance at legislature meetings.
Lemon says he is committed to serving the residents of District 16 individually and as a whole.