County legislator announces run for Chemung County Executive

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - A new name is now in the running for Chemung County Executive. That new person is Chemung County Legislator Ken Miller.

"We haven't gone so far that we can't revitalize ourselves in a short period of time with the right leadership," Miller said. "I believe I can do it, I want to do it for the people, I want to do it for the community."

He is no stranger to politics. Representing the county's 5th legislative district since 2014 and being a small business owner, he said those experiences combined make him qualified for the job.

"As a contractor and as a re-modeler, I learn how to fix problems everyday, I'm solving problems all the time," He said. "Being involved in all of the legislative process, I've learned how our government works, I've learned who in our government, in the Chemung County Government, who is concerned about us, who's going to do a good job and I know the guys and girls who aren't going to do a good job are."

Some of his stances, he said he's against the SAFE Act and would turn First Arena over to a private owner.

"The county is not in the business of running arenas, we don't know what we're doing," Miller said. "You get a guy who knows how to do it, they can make it profitable and it'll be great for everybody."

He added he has a plan to bring back jobs and industry.

"Very first step we would do is hire a professional recruiter for business and that person would go and they would advocate and sell our community to these industries that are paying high taxes," He said. "Do you realize how much it costs to have a business in New York City compared to here? It's way more expensive."

Miller's overall message to voters, "We can make Chemung County great again without a doubt."

His official announcement will be Saturday night at 6 p.m., at the American Legion in Horseheads.

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