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Shearer, Webb to run for Mayville village trustee

August 25, 2016
Westfield Republican

Ken Shearer and Ben Webb have announced they will run for seats to fill two trustee positions on the Village of Mayville board.

Born in Chautauqua County, both are successful business men who are deeply concerned when it comes to their home town and its potentials.

"I am running for village trustee because I care about the village and its future," said Shearer when asked why he would take on the job of trustee.

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Ben Webb

As for Webb, after earning a Bachelors of Science degree at West Virginia University, he gained business experience for a few years before "moving back to Chautauqua to pursue a career in the family business."

"I own a business and a home inside the village. My wife, Jennifer, and I have four children. We want them to grow up in a village that is thriving with options for things to do and places to go," Shearer said.

"After living and working in Austria, Charlotte, NC, Haines City, FL and Atlanta, I know Mayville is a special place." Webb noted. "My conviction is so strong I chose to come back to start my family, raise my children and further develop our family business in Mayville."

Shearer and Webb, who are extra busy with their businesses in the summer time, also contribute to a number of organizations that are targeted for a better all-around Chautauqua County.

As president of his business, Chautauqua Lake Marina, Shearer also is president of the Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce. Other involvement includes Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce board member, treasurer for Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau (CCVB), second vice president of Chautauqua Lake Association and board member of Chautauqua Lake Alliance and Chautauqua Lake Central School Board of Education.

Owner/Operator of Webb's Captains Table Restaurant & Banquet Facilities and Webb's Cottage Collection and Cafe, Webb doesn't sit still either. He is president of CCVB, chairman of "Chautauqua the Worlds Learning Center" Branding Initiative, director of Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy (CWC) and Chautauqua County STOP-DWI Board, was founding member and vice president of Chautauqua Lake Education Fund (CLEF).

Webb was honored as The Post-Journal's inaugural Chautauqua Region Top 40 under 40 Highlighting Outstanding Community & Business Leaders Under 40.

As a sommelier, he studied at the International Sommeliers Guild in Toronto, Canada.

It was 2004 that Ben returned to Mayville to pursue a career in the family business. "I care deeply about our village and want to prove that by working for the people, we will work to not only promote economic growth, but also discourage crime and abandoned/foreclosed local businesses and homes."

Shearer's reason for wanting to be a village board member is for all the people. "I want them to have a voice when it comes to making decisions for the village," he said. "I will have an open mind and an open ear for all of the Mayville residents and also for the town and county. Every village resident should have a positive attitude about where they live, and I want to be part of that."

As for attracting businesses to the village, Shearer said, "I want to be fiscally responsible with village funds while developing a proactive plan. In addition, I would like every village resident to have a positive attitude about where they live, and I want to be a part of that."

Webb believes ".there is a large amount of untapped potential that exists in our beautiful corner of the world. I know Mayville is a special place."

Having experienced other parts of the country, Webb's returning home has convinced him that the village has great potential. "I care deeply about our village and want to prove that by working for the people. That includes not only promoting economic growth, but also discouraging crime and abandoned/foreclosed local business and homes."

Both Webb and Shearer agree that reaching out to the residents for their input for developing and implementing a strategic plan for the entire village is high on their list of serving the community. "We will begin to move Mayville forward towards a community that creates opportunity for our children and our families for decades to come," they pledge.

They mean it when they say, "Ken & Ben Making Mayville Great Again!"



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