TREMONT — Three candidates are vying for a single seat on the Board of Selectmen at the May 9 town elections.
David “Jed” Campbell and Jamie Thurlow are challenging incumbent Dean Wass in the race for the three-year seat.
Voters also are being asked to elect a member of the School Committee and three high school trustees. Write-in candidates will be needed to fill these slots; no one returned nomination papers for the positions.
Polls are open from 1-8 p.m. at the town office.
David “Jed” Campbell is hoping the third time proves to be the charm and he gets elected to the Board of Selectmen. Campbell, who worked for nearly 40 years at McEachern and Hutchins, has been a member of the town’s Warrant, Cemetery and Recreation committees.
Campbell said his stint on the Warrant Committee led to his decision to run for selectman.
“I’d like to see how the other part of the town works,” he said.
If elected, Campbell said, he has no agenda. The town, he said, is in good shape.
“The town roads are fine,” he said. “The public works crew is doing a good job.”
The harbor plays an important part in the town’s economy. In general, operations of the harbor are going smoothly, Campbell said. He does think that the automatic transfer of moorings when businesses change hands should be allowed.
“The mooring should go with the boat shop,” he said.
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Jamie Thurlow is running for office for the first time. A fisherman, he is employed at his family’s business, the James H. Rich Boat Yard. Thurlow and his wife, Tricia, have two children, four-year-old Gavin and two-year-old Abby.
Thurlow said he decided to step up after being asked to consider running by several residents. He said he thinks his viewpoints would be valuable to the town.
“I think it’s time for a change on the board,” he said. “As a younger person, I have a different perspective.”
“I’m a huge fan of small businesses,” Thurlow said. “I think the town should do whatever it can to help these businesses.”
Preservation of the working waterfront is another of Thurlow’s aims. That includes making it possible for related businesses to own moorings and transfer them when the business is sold.
Overall the town is functioning well, he said. Town roads are being maintained, and the public works crew is doing a good job, he added.
Dean Wass is running for his second term on the Board of Selectmen. He is a fisherman and a past member of the Harbor Committee.
Wass said he decided to run again because of concerns he has about where the town is headed.
“I don’t think it’s a good direction for the town,” he said, explaining there is a move toward “catering to special interests.”
This especially is the case in the harbor, Wass said. He defines the “special interests” there as “any of the businesses that use the harbor.”
“Everybody in the harbor should be treated the same,” he said.
Wass said he has seen the operations of the town improve during the past three years.
“I think things are coming around,” he said.
The town needs to do more planning for the future, Wass said. “You just can’t go year-to-year.”
Wass said he values “honesty and transparency” in government and wants to keep expenses under control.