By Jeffery Smith jsmith@the-leader.com

CORNING - Retired city police patrolman Shawn Copp feels he has more to give to the city.

Copp, who is currently the Campbell-Savona Central School Resource Officer, has thrown his name into the hat to fill the 1st Ward City Council seat.

“I retired from the department in June 2016. I feel I had to retire a little early,” Copp said. “I have an autistic 14-year-old daughter, and I needed something with a schedule that would match (my daughter’s) school schedule. So I retired to take care of her.”

Copp, a Republican, said he feels he has more to give to the city and to the 1st Ward. His primary goals are to improve housing in the neighborhood and throughout the city, to support street paving and to expand jobs and the city’s tax base through economic development.

“Obviously we need to do the best we can to keep tax money rolling into the city,” Copp said.

Republicans Copp and Don Strong will face off in the Sept. 12, primary election. The winner will face Democrat Diane Telehany in the Nov. 7, general election.

Strong, who is running as a Republican, Conservative and Independence candidate, graduated from Corning East High School and served in the Marine Corps before being honorably discharged, is currently an Elmira Prison Correctional Officer.

“I am excited to run to represent the 1st Ward in the City of Corning,” Strong said. “I care about our community and look forward to being an active representative and advocate for the issues facing our neighborhood.”

Strong said working as a correction officer has taught him how to deal with people in the toughest of situations.

Steven Maio, who currently holds the 1st Ward seat, as well as a seat on the Steuben County Legislature, has decided not to seek reelection.

Telehany, a lifelong resident of the 1st Ward originally sought the council seat position in 2009, is retired from Corning Inc. and a volunteer at the Clemens Center, in Elmira, and active in Corning community events.