Baldwinsville On Tuesday, April 3, the Lysander Republican Committee overwhelmingly voted to endorse former Oswego County Legislature Chairman and retired Fulton Police Lieutenant Russ Johnson as their candidate for the upcoming special election this November, to fill the vacancy on the Lysander Town Board.
"I am deeply honored by the trust that my fellow committee members have in me,” Johnson said. “This is a great honor and I will work diligently to make sure the people in the town of Lysander have a voice to address their concerns. I'm looking forward to the campaign, meeting the folks in Lysander and restoring the trust to our town board that seems to be missing."
The open seat was created when former Lysander Town Board member Brian May was elected to represent District No. 1 in the Onondaga County Legislature. The seat is currently filled by James Hickey, who was appointed to the position in January.
Johnson served with distinction for 14 years on the Oswego County Legislature from 1996 to 2010 and was voted Chairman of the Legislature for the last four years of his tenure. Johnson is also a former Fulton City Police officer serving from 1985 to 2006 retiring with the rank of Lieutenant.
“The Lysander Republican Committee is thrilled to have such well qualified and experienced legislator as Mr. Johnson in our Town,” said Lysander Republican Committee Chairman Mike Bishoff. “His depth of knowledge of the budgeting process as well as his ability build consensus relationships will truly be an asset to Lysander.”
"Russ is exactly the kind of person the Town of Lysander needs to make sure there is a town board member who makes the board accountable to the people,” Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey added. “Russ has a high level of integrity and commitment and would be a great board member for the people in Lysander."