Three candidates are running for the single open seat on the Richmond Board of Selectmen.

Richmond voters will have a chance to decide Tuesday at the polls which one will represent them.

Ryan Chandler, Ryan Shea and Karyn Hixon are all campaigning for votes.

Chandler, 41, said he brings the experience he’s gained working for the town in a number of jobs, including code enforcement officer, plumbing inspector and town clerk.

“To me, he said, it’s about public service.”

He’s serving his second term on Richmond’s Budget Committee. “You see things on the Budget Committee that you don’t have any jurisdiction over,” he said, adding that he would like to have a say in those things. “You have to be on the other side of the table to have any influence.

Chandler supports the redevelopment of the Hathorn Block, the historic waterfront building that’s being redeveloped by Fossel Preservation Partners. “The town needs to do everything within reason to help that project succeed,” he said.

Richmond also has an asset in its land along Interstate 295, which he said would make an idea commercial corridor that could be home to transportation or retail-related businesses.

“I am not really opposed to anything there, but we would have to see what it would be,” he said.

Developing business there could attract people who drive the I-295 corridor, but it also would be likely to be attract at least some of the town’s 3,500 residents. “There is plenty of opportunity to take advantage of,” he said. “Our median income is high for the area. We could do well along that corridor.”

Chandler, who is a Richmond High School graduate and works as a senior manufactured housing inspector for the state government, said he has no preconceived agenda. He wants to represent residents and what they want as a community.

Shea, 41, ran for a seat on the Board of Selectmen in 2014 in a crowded field; he was unsuccessful in the seven-way race for two seats.

Shea owns Quality Landscaping and has volunteered his time the Richmond Youth Recreation Association, which provides activities based on registration fees, donations and sponsorships. In his seven or so years with the organization, he has been its vice president and president.

Shea, who has lived in Richmond for half of his life, said he’s excited to be running for office. He said wants to keep an eye on the town’s spending and he thinks it could be adjusted. “I’d like to look into it a bit. I don’t know now what it would be.”

As the owner of his own business. Shea said he’d be able to balance the demands of elective office with his work.

He has said he is a fiscal conservative.

Karyn Hixon, a Richmond resident, could not be reached for comment.

Jessica Lowell — 621-5632

[email protected]

Twitter: @JLowellKJ


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