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Officially announcing their candidacies Friday, Daniel Heitzenrater and Michael Laurin pledged to work together for the betterment of the greater Jamestown area.
Laurin is running for one of three City Council At-Large seats, and Heitzenrater is running for the Ellicott Town Council Ward 4 seat. Both political newcomers, their announcements and pledge come a few weeks after Jamestown City Council unanimously approved the BPU Dow Street Substation annexation, while the Town of Ellicott and Village of Falconer boards were unanimous in their votes opposing it.
“As a lifelong resident of Jamestown I have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of leadership and discussion by City Council as the City faces many big issues,” said Laurin. “While I agree with investigating all potential solutions to our problems, isolating our neighbors is not the answer.”
Laurin currently serves as General Manager of Everydays True Value on Foote Avenue, and has a background in criminal justice. A graduate of Jamestown Community College and Buffalo State College, he lives on Jamestown’s North side with his wife Mandy and three children.
“I take pride in researching issues and aligning data-driven research when making decisions,” said Laurin. “As a city council member, I will utilize my education, leadership, and business skills for making informed decisions that will benefit our city.”
Heitzenrater currently works in the Chautauqua County Executive’s Office, where he has helped spearhead numerous shared services initiatives at the county level. A graduate of Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia, he lives in Falconer with his wife Jessica and their two rescue dogs.
“We have recently taken huge steps forward with municipal shared services across our county, and I am excited for the opportunity to bring that collaborative approach and fresh ideas to the Ellicott Town Council,” said Heitzenrater. “The annexation proposal would be detrimental to Ellicott, Falconer, and Falconer Central School taxpayers for the minimal impact the city may reap. I look forward to working with Mike, and we pledge to meet on a regular basis to keep our municipal boards aware of upcoming initiatives and identify ways to work together to better serve all of our residents.”
Heitzenrater is endorsed by the Republican, Independence, and Conservative parties and is running for Ellicott Town Council in Ward 4, which encompasses the eastern half of Falconer and surrounding portions of the town North of the City of Jamestown. Laurin is an Independence Party member endorsed by the Republican and Conservative parties and is running for Jamestown City Council At-Large, which is city-wide.