Donna J. Bohn, a north country native and businesswoman, on Wednesday announced her candidacy for the Jefferson County Board of Legislators District 10 seat.
A newcomer to politics, Mrs. Bohn said, Im not really a politician, but that has a bad connotation anymore. I think someone not from that arena has a good chance. I want to run for the people and their needs and take care of the taxpayer.
Mrs. Bohn said that, if elected, she hopes to use her business background to help existing small businesses grow and encourage new businesses to come to the county.
Mrs. Bohn and her husband, Jeffrey, started an Adams franchise of the Atlanta, Ga.-based Maid Brigade cleaning service in 1998.
From no employees and no income, the business grew to nine employees and nearly $5,000 a week in revenue before the couple sold the business in 2001, Mrs. Bohn said.
Following the sale, Mrs. Bohn partnered with friends and bought the National Sales Center, a call center that takes appointments for three cleaning companies and employs 12 people nationwide.
Jefferson County Democratic Party Committee Chairman Ronald H. Cole said that he was very impressed when he met Mrs. Bohn.
She started a business with nothing and turned it into a nationwide franchise, Mr. Cole said.
Mrs. Bohn is a graduate of Watertown High School and the Jefferson Vocational Technical Center, where she received the highest achievement award in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program. After graduation, she was employed as a nurse at Samaritan Medical Center.
The Democratic Party has been on the lookout for potential candidates since the June 3 announcement that two longtime Republican legislators, Barry M. Ormsby, District 9, and Michael W. Behling, District 10, will step down from the board at the end of their terms this year.
District 10 has approximately 7,000 residents and includes the towns of Adams, Lorraine, Rodman and Worth. Mr. Behling has occupied the District 10 seat for 17 years.
Jayson J. Jones and Jeremiah J. Maxon already have announced their intention to run for the seat as Republicans.