On Tuesday, voters in the city of Johnstown will have the opportunity to nominate Republican 3rd Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin for the office of mayor.
During her 22 years as a resident, Helen has been a prominent voice in community affairs. Currently city chairwoman of the tourism-special events committee, she has recognized her responsibility to promote Johnstown by organizing parades, guided tours, festivals and holiday events. Noting tourism is fast becoming a new industry, Helen has been instrumental in reviving interest in "our own little Revolutionary town." She knows Johnstown's historical value is paramount for the growth of its economy. Her membership and seat on the board of management of the Johnstown Historical Society guarantees this factor will remain of primary importance.
Helen Martin has experience in every facet of public service and brings to the table a long list of affiliates to vouch for her ability to lead the city. Besides chairing the tourism committee, Helen is chairwoman of the state Path Through History-Mohawk Valley Region Committee, president of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women's Consortium, first vice president of the Women's Republican Club of Fulton County, Republican Committee person for the city of Johnstown, member and past president of the American Association of University Women, and a member of the Soroptimists and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association. An honor graduate of SUNY Empire State College, Helen is married to Russell Martin and is the export director at Milligan & Higgins, Johnstown.
Helen Martin has a clear vision of what positive changes must be made to vitalize the economy of Johnstown, and she has the skill and intelligence to do this. A business owner herself, at Flying Pig Antiques, Helen is sensitive to the problems that arise for small shops facing failure because of the city's drop in commerce. She will have an open ear to listen to owners who need help in resolving these problems. Her goal: Gain new businesses, improve and update existing properties for new rentals and beautify neighborhoods to attract new residents. Well known to have the temperament to work well with other city officials, Helen, who has a passionate love for Johnstown, will attain these goals and maintain a smoothly run government for the city.
On Tuesday, put X next to the name of Helen Martin and nominate her for mayor.
HARRIET R. GRADY