Robert Baker has announced his bid for town councilman in the upcoming May elections.

Baker, who turns 82 today, served on the Strasburg Town Council from 2008-2016.

“I still think that I can add something positive to the town,” he said.

Baker has a history degree from Princeton University and served in the Navy before earning a law degree from George Washington University. From 1969-2011, he practiced law in Washington, D.C., before retiring.

A town resident for more than 25 years, he said he’s owned property in Shenandoah County since 1981. He bought town property in 1992 and moved to the area in 1993.

Some of his ideas for the town include improvements to the River Walk trail, encouraging more cycling opportunities among area children, and moving ahead on a second water tower in town.

He said he would like to explore planting native trees between the trail and the Shenandoah River, as well as native pollinating flowers between the trail and the water plant.

“I also want to explore the possibility of some enhanced security along the River Walk,” he said.

The trail, which runs about a mile from the town park to the high school, has emergency call boxes along the route but also presents the challenge of spotty cell service.

Supportive of attracting new business and increased tourism in town, Baker said he agrees with those saying Strasburg is becoming a destination for people from Northern Virginia and that the town might capitalize on that.

“A lot of the stuff that I would like to see completed is already ongoing in town,” he said. “Some ideas have [the] go-ahead from town staff.”

Town elections will be on May 5. The deadline to register as a candidate with the county Office of Voter Registration is March 3.

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