Schrantz seeks re-election in Portland
PORTLAND — 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, Working Families and the Independence Party.
Schrantz is a lifelong resident of the town who graduated in 1971 from Brocton Central School. Schrantz is married to the former Debra Zanghi and they have resided at 42 Central Ave. in the village of Brocton for the past 44 years. They have two children, Denise and Dale, and three grandchildren, Kyle, Jeydin and Tanner.
After 12 years with Roblin Steel, Schrantz worked at the New York state Department of Transportation and recently retired after working 26 years with the Village of Brocton Wastewater Treatment Facility as a grade 2 plant operator.
He served with the Army National Guard for six years receiving a honorable discharge at the rank of sergeant spc 6. Mr. Schrantz has served the public as a 42-year member of the Brocton Fire Department, and as a former village trustee elected for two terms. He has been serving the public as Portland town supervisor for 12 years, and was a former town councilman, a position he has held for 12 years serving on numerous committees, In 2008 he received the Brocton Central School Richard Prince Award and in 2011 he was inducted into Brocton Central School Hall of Fame for community service.
Schrantz is a 44-year member of American Legion Post 434 a past member of the National Arbor Day Foundation, former vice chairman and current chairman of the Chadwick Bay Regional Organization, he is chairman and committeeman for the Brocton/Portland Democratic Party. Schrantz was a former member of the CSEA union and United Steel Workers of America.
Schrantz has had extensive involvement with community youth programs. He served as president and coach in the Brocton/Portland Little League and has coached Midget football, youth and junior high basketball, Babe Ruth Baseball and coached in the Northern Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association. He was past treasurer of the Brocton-Portland Youth Soccer program, helped in forming the Brocton-Portland Booster Club which he served as chairman. He also was on the committee for the upgrade renovation work for the Brocton Central School.
In his quest for re-election as town supervisor, Schrantz states: “It has been a 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.
“I have gained the past 12 years of experience as town supervisor and as a former village of Brocton trustee. I also served 12 years on the Portland Town Board, along with two years as vice chairman and current chairman of Chadwick Bay Regional Development Organization, a position I have held for the last five years. In addition, my 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 continue working with the Town Board and the newly formed shared service committee to look at areas of shared service and regionalism to provide the best services and cost to the residents and to prepare the Town for the future. As vice chairman of the newly formed North Chautauqua County Regional Water System, I look forward to continue working with this board so we can help to deliver water to residents and business in the most cost-effective, safe, reliable way and of good quality and quantity.
“I feel the town of Portland and Chautauqua County 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.