The Leader staff


BATH - Village Trustee Michael Sweet recently announced his candidacy to run for Bath Village Mayor in the November 2020 general election.


Sweet, president and owner of Vines and Barrels Wine and Liquor Store, has been a Bath Village Trustee for the past seven years and an active member of the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce.


The Republican candidate said he understands business and will use this knowledge to help rebuild a crumbling business district in Bath.


“We can no longer sit and wait for businesses to come to Bath, we have to go get them,” Sweet said. “It’s not as easy as putting lipstick on a pig. We have to identify the core issues of doing business in Bath, such as taxes, assessments, loitering, poverty and then we have to find solutions to those issues before we can even ask people to come to Bath and set up shop. I have tremendous vision and I know how to get things done and run a world class business.”


Prior to building and opening Vines and Barrels, Sweet spent 24 years at Corning Inc., where he was part of a team that grew Corporate Food Services from a $300k operation to a $9 million dollar business, according to Sweet.


“Corporate America gave me a solid understanding of how important it is to have a vision and mission,” Sweet said. “We need to know what we want Bath to become before we can put a plan together to rebuild. I have my own ideas and I want Bath to be the modern day success story of how a once village with a bad reputation made an incredible comeback. I believe the best days of Bath are yet to come.”


Sweet said for residents who would like to discuss his plans or join his team, to please contact his campaign at sweetformayor@yahoo.com.