The race for Chemung County Executive is officially underway.
Chemung County Deputy Executive Mike Krusen announced his candidacy in front on friends, family and colleagues at the Clemens Center on Tuesday evening.
Krusen is certainly no stranger to public service; he’s served 17 years as Chemung County Deputy Executive, and has been the President of the Southern Tier Economic Growth since 2015.
Current executive Tom Santulli will be retiring in December 2018 and that Krusen is the ideal candidate.
“Mike’s a real community individual,” Santulli said. “He’s very bright, he’s creative, now he’s working over at Southern Tier Economic Growth doing economic development and being part time working with me. Somebody with his caliber and his knowledge, his love for the community, his energy as you saw tonight, that wants to take this and keep the momentum going.”
Krusen agrees, he said his time as Deputy County Executive gives him a unique understanding of our area, as well as the people who live and work here.
“Truly isn’t much that I haven’t seen but we’ve built those relationships with the community and that’s what counts,” Krusen said. “We have a wonderful partnership with our legislature, we have tremendous, tremendous relationships with our municipalities, you know we’ve got a very dynamic relationship with our business community. So those are the things that make a difference, when a community wants to move forward and improve the quality of life of its residents it takes everybody around in the same direction.”
Krusen is the only person who’s announced a run for county executive seat so far. The election will take place in November 2018.