Second District Election: John Dougherty profile

John Dougherty

Biographical info (age, address, family, education, employer):

I am 35 years old. I was raised in Western New York and moved to Clay after graduating from college to take a job with Lockheed Martin on Electronics Parkway. I worked in Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development group until 2000 when I left to take another position with Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC). I am currently employed with SRC as the manager of business development, where I am responsible for developing new business for the company and seeking new ways to market our current line of products and capabilities. In addition to my experience as an engineer, I am also the deputy chairman of the town of Clay's planning board.

My formal education consists of a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from SUNY Buffalo, a master's degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University and a master's in business administration from Syracuse University.

My wife and I have been married for 11 years and have three young daughters, two of whom attend Elmcrest Elementary School. Our youngest daughter will start school next year.

Why are you running for county legislator?

I was on Bernie Kraft's campaign team for several of his past elections. When he announced that he wasn't going to be able to run this year, I was encouraged by Bernie and others to succeed him. My education and professional experience with business development, my years of experience in town affairs and my vision for a consolidated, more efficient government will help prevent another budget crisis like we are currently experiencing in county government.

What are the major issues in the second district that you would address, and how would you address them?

My number one priority in the legislature will be to reduce the tax burden on property owners. I will do this by carefully examining how the county is spending the taxpayer's money and find ways to reduce it.

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