(WNY News Now) – Jason Higbee has lived in the Village of Falconer all his life. His family roots began with Great Grandparents on E. Pearl Street in the village where he recalls in his early childhood days spent walking to village shops and businesses with his grandparents. Higbee reminisces Grandma would always say, “We don’t ever need to leave the village, we have all we need right here.” Our Village was full of life and activity. You could walk the streets and feel safe. Higbee says As I talk with other village residents, it’s the same conversations, “We remember how great and safe the Village of Falconer was, and we wish we could get that community and safe feeling back” many residents want to help but have felt a lack of current Village leadership. It’s time for a change!
Falconer – Jason Higbee was raised with his 4 siblings and attended Falconer Central, Graduating in 1993. He went on to West Virginia University on a full scholarship for Music. Higbee returned to the area and chose to pursue a career in Automotive management where he has been an owner/operator of Automobile Dealerships in the area. He is currently Managing dealership operations with the Shults Auto Group in Jamestown. “My 30-year career success in management allows me the ability and knowledge to have had opportunity to work with a wide demographic of individuals and bring them together to achieve success! These are key qualities our Village requires”, claims Higbee. Mr. Higbee has raised his two sons, Justin and Jordan here in the Village and made significant investment and impact in the area both with his businesses and his home.
As a founding member of The Village of Falconer Neighborhood Watch program, Higbee and a handful of concerned citizens had grassroots meetings at his home to discuss the issues and concerns of village residents and the demand for change in the community. During these meetings several disturbing topics were brought to light as the dialogue continued with members of the community. It wasn’t until these issues were brought to light and shared with village residents by the newly formed Village watch group that our local village government even addressed the issues. Some of these concerns we’ve learned local village business owners discussed as early as 2018 with the current Village Board, nothing was addressed. Higbee plans to take a more proactive approach rather than a reactive approach as the current mayor seems to use. Most of the current administrations’ actions have only occurred in the past 90 days of the mayors’ current term, this seems reactionary to the uprising of the members of the community’s recent concerns.
“The Village needs a leader that will listen to its residents, address their concerns and act toward an immediate resolution.” Higbee had his first interest in local politics while attending Falconer High School, he was a Legislative intern with the Chautauqua County Legislature under Chairman, Lance Spicer. Higbee remembers, “It was a great experience to see how effective local government was run. Lance worked both sides of the legislature and was able to get a lot done.” “I’ve used similar principles in my business management, whenever there is a problem, it’s usually people or a process, and if you can manage both, the job gets done!” Higbee states. The Village of Falconer now has a choice. Jason Higbee, your candidate for Mayor.
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