Dan Whitey Schrantz has announced that he is a candidate for re-election for the position of Portland Town Supervisor. He has been endorsed by the Democratic Party.
Schrantz is a lifelong resident of the Town of Portland. He graduated in 1971 from Brocton Central School. He is married to Debra (Zanghi) Schrantz, and they reside at 42 Central Ave. in the village of Brocton, where they have lived for the past 40 years. They have two children, Denise and Dale, and they have three grandchildren, Kyle, Jeydin and Tanner.
After 12 years with Roblin Steel, Schrantz worked at the New York State Department of Transportation. For the past 24 years, he has been employed with the Village of Brocton Waste Water Treatment Facility, where he still works as a Grade 2 plant operator.
Schrantz served in the Army National Guard for six years, receiving honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant Spc. 6. Schrantz has served the public as a 40-year member of the Brocton Fire Department, and as a former Village Trustee elected for two terms. He currently serves the public as Portland Town Supervisor, a position he's held for the past seven years. He was also a Town Councilman for 12 years, where he served on numerous committees. In 2008 he received the Brocton Central School Richard Prince Award and in 2011 he was inducted into the Brocton Central School Hall of Fame for community service.
Schrantz is a 40-year member of American Legion Post 434, a member of the National Arbor Day Foundation, the former vice chairman and the current chairman of the Chadwick Bay Regional Organization, and he is chairman and committeeman for the Brocton/Portland Democratic Party. He was a member of the CSEA union and United Steel Workers of America.
Schrantz has been involved extensively with community youth programs. He served as president and coach with the Brocton/Portland Little League and has coached Midget Football, youth and junior high basketball and Babe Ruth baseball, and he has coached with the Northern Chautauqua County Hockey Youth Organization. He was a treasurer in the past of the Brocton/Portland Youth Soccer Program, and helped form the Brocton/Portland Booster Club, which he served as a chairman. He was on the committee for the current upgrade renovation work being done at Brocton Central School.
In his quest for re-election as Town Supervisor, Schrantz stated, "It has been an honor to serve the community as Portland Town Supervisor. I have always tried my best to serve the town residents in a dedicated and professional manner using a common sense approach, basing my decisions on what is best for the majority of the residents. I feel the town should be run like a business and the experience I have gained over the past seven years as Town Supervisor and being a former Village of Brocton Trustee, and 12 years on the Portland Town Board, along with the volunteer work I have done, has prepared me to make the best decisions for the residents in the Town of Portland. As your Town Supervisor, I will continue to work hard to address the problems facing the town. I look forward to continuing to work with the Town Board in looking at areas of shared services and regionalism to provide the best services and cost to the residents and to prepare the town for the future."
He also said, "I feel the Town of Portland is a very special place to live and raise our families. If you have questions, comments, input or suggestions, please feel free to call me at 792-4661.