Lifelong town resident Craig Schultz has announced his candidacy for the Wheatfield Town Board this year.
"I announce my candidacy for Wheatfield Town Board, not as a politician but as a lifetime Wheatfield resident concerned about the future," Schultz said. "In the past two years, this town has moved in a direction that the people are not happy with. We have a town tax and water tax, no animal services and youth programs that are about to be sold out to the highest bidder.
"Wheatfield was once a place that was known for its services and low taxes. In fact, the reason why people make Wheatfield their home was because of its low taxes and great services. But recently I've had a lot of people say to me they just don't feel good about this town like they used to.
"As a councilman for this town, I will restore the confidence of the people back into the government. I will bring back the services that people once enjoyed and I will make our streets safe from crime and from what I consider a traffic nightmare.
"I say it's time we the people take back our town and break up the good old boys club, a club of lies and deceit, that reigns over us now."
Schultz and his two brothers, Dr. Doug Schultz of Wheatfield Pediatrics and Darryl Schultz, grew up on Errick Road with their mother Jane and their father Harold (deceased). He graduated from Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School and from Buffalo State College with a bachelor of science degree in business. He has been married for the last 10 years to Jeanette.
Schultz is employed by the State Department of Corrections as a correction officer in a maximum security prison. In addition he has served the Town of Wheatfield for the last 12 years as a town constable and for eight years was the town animal control officer.
Schultz also serves as a volunteer for many organizations. He is president of Drive Against Diabetes Inc.; he sits on the advisory board of Project Future; and starting this month will serve on the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He has also volunteered to help for many other projects such as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Town of Wheatfield projects, and has sponsored numerous youth sports teams.
The Town Board seats of Gil Doucet and Larry Helwig will be on the November ballot, as well as the seats of Supervisor Robert Cliffe, Town Clerk Kathy Harrington and Highway Superintendent Art Kroening.