TOWNSEND -- Conservation Commission member John Hussey and resident Wayne Miller are vying for a spot on the Board of Selectmen.
Hussey has been a member of the commission for about four years. Miller is a microbiologist for the Sartorius Group, a pharmaceutical and lab equipment supply company.
Board Chair Gordon Clark announced in October that he will not seek election. Voters will choose his successor at next month's Town Election.
Miller said he has been thinking about running for office for some time.
"I felt a sense of duty to do something for the town," he said.
Miller wants to support Townsend's aging and young populations, attract business, and repair roads in town.
Working as a scientist has given him skills that will help him serve on the board, Miller said. He takes an analytical approach to solving problems and looks at data to help make decisions.
He wants to have a presence in the community and host forums with residents to learn what issues need to be addressed.
Miller moved to Townsend in 2000 and has a daughter who attends North Middlesex Regional High School.
Hussey said he wanted to run for the Board of Selectmen to give residents a choice between candidates -- him and Miller.
The lifelong Townsend resident said his campaign will focus on taxes and infrastructure.
He wants to find ways to bring businesses to Townsend to ease some of the tax burden on residents. Hussey also wants to make sure the town spends its money in an appropriate and efficient way.
"It's nice to know where your dollars are going," he said.
Like Miller, Hussey said the town's roads need work. Townsend could use more Chapter 90 funding through the state Department of Transportation to make those repairs, Hussey said.
If elected, he plans to serve one term.
Hussey previously worked for defense contracting company Raytheon for about 40 years.
He still runs the family Christmas tree farm in Townsend.
Ongoing recall efforts loom over the race. An injunction against the recall elections for Clark and Selectman Cindy King were reversed at the beginning of the month.
Since Clark is already leaving office, a recall could be set for King, whose term is up in 2019.
King is currently appealing the decision to the state Supreme Judicial Court.
Both candidates said they want to help Townsend move forward.
For information about Hussey's campaign, visit www.votejohnhussey.com or his Facebook page.
Information about Miller's campaign will be available on his Facebook page, which is in the works.