Strasburg leader to run for supervisor

Bob Baker

A Strasburg Town Council member plans to vie for a seat on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors.

Councilman Robert “Bob” Baker said Wednesday he intends to run as an independent candidate for the District 6 seat on the board held by Vice Chairman Conrad Helsley.

Election Day is Nov. 3.

Baker has lived in Strasburg since 1993 though he has owned property in the valley since 1981. Baker was elected to his first, four-year term on council in 2008 and then re-elected in 2012. The councilman said running for the board is the next, but likely the last step.

Baker said he sees both sides of the tax issue.

“While I’m not happy to pay higher taxes by any means, you’re either gonna have to raise the taxes or cut the services,” Baker said. “I have my ideas. Whether I can convince other people if I’m successful I don’t know. But that would be my thrust if I did get elected.”

Baker said he wants to find ways the county could draw travelers off Interstate 81 by using Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park in Strasburg, and Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield State Historic Park as anchors.

Baker said he plans to tour the northern school campus in Strasburg with Superintendent Jeremy Raley.

“I want to see what the problems are there because the kids are the future and I think that we should give them the best start in life that we can,” Baker said.

Baker, 77, completed his undergraduate work at Princeton University and graduate work at George Washington University Law School. Baker practiced law as an attorney in Washington, D.C., before he retired.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com