FRYEBURG, Maine — Three candidates — Jim Dutton, Tom Klinepeter and Paul Naughton are running for a two vacant selectmen’s seats in the secret ballot election today from 8 a.m.-8 p.m at the American Legion on Bradley Street in Fryeburg.

The candidates were invited to write essays describing why they think they should become Fryeburg’s next selectmen. — Brett Guerringue

I’m running for selectman because I want to bring another member to the board who will use common sense and an open mind to make decisions that will benefit our town now and in the future. I served as a selectman in the past and enjoyed the challenge and involvement with townspeople and taxpayers.

My wife, Jane, and I were most fortunate to raise four sons here in Fryeburg where we have lived for the past 50 years. I grew up in Denmark, Maine, and after serving in the U.S. Navy bought a house here in Fryeburg and have lived and worked here since then. I managed Fryeburg Health Care Center, a nursing home, for 40 years and during that time was fortunate to have met and communicated with many townspeople who had loved ones or friends at the center. I worked with up to 120 staff members and always strove for the most open communication and quick response to concerns.

I will listen to concerns and look at all sides of a situation before making a decision. I will support our town employees who I believe do a terrific job and maintain all the services for us to live in a comfortable and safe town.

As a semi-retired individual, I am very aware and concerned with spending and will do everything I can to make sure that taxpayers’ money is always spent wisely and to benefit them. My priorities as selectman will be:

• Make decisions based on facts and common sense.

• Always be aware of cost associated with decisions made.

• Listen to townspeople whose money I will be spending.

• Maintain services needed in town but not create unnecessary ones.

• Be aware of Fryeburg present and have a vision of Fryeburg future.

I would appreciate your vote today and will do my very best to help guide our town using common sense and be being conscious always of how our tax dollars are spent.

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