Stranges: I won’t run again

Mary Perham
John Stranges

Bath Village Trustee John Stranges said this week he will not be a candidate for any village office next year.

Stranges, a trustee since 2010, said he decided to step down from the board in order to fulfill his obligations to other civic groups, such as the Bath Rotary and the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce.

A former music teacher at Corning-Painted Post High School, Stranges remains active in the area Community Band and has a thriving antiques business.

Considered by many as the next Republican candidate for mayor, Stranges said he has been asked by a number of people to run for the post, but decided against it.

Stranges said his increasing civic and work responsibilities mean he can’t devote enough time to serve on the village board.

Stranges was elected to the board during one of the village’s most turbulent times. A strong advocate for economic development and downtown revitalization, he proposed a number of ideas designed to build up the community.

Early in his term, Stranges arranged for a presentation on the local economy by Three Rivers Development Corp. Pres. Jack Benjamin. He also chairs the joint economic development team composed of the villages of Bath and Savona, and town of Bath.

Stranges also was a leader in the village’s response to a highly critical report a year ago on the operations of the village and its utility by the state Comptroller’s Office.

He said he enjoyed the challenges but needs to focus now on other ways to serve the community.

“I am walking away,” Stranges said. “I’ve enjoyed being a part of the really great things going on in the village.”