SURRY — Two residents, Peter Brown and Eric Treworgy, are vying to replace Selectman Steve Bemiss for a three-year-seat on the Board of Selectmen.
Bemiss is not seeking re-election.
Residents will have a chance to vote for selectman during the July 14 primary. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Brown and his wife, Pam, own the Surry General Store on Route 172.
“We moved here 10 years ago and we like the town,” said Brown. “I just thought I could put my hat on and basically do my civic duty. We just love the area. We love Surry.”
The couple relocated to Surry from the Mountain Lakes region of New Jersey, where they also ran a hardware store.
“I’ve been running a hardware store for over 20 years,” Brown said. “I like dealing with people.”
Before buying his first hardware store, Brown had been a chief engineer in New York for television stations and post-production facilities. “Generating budgets and managing people puts me in a pretty good position to know what’s going on,” he said.
Brown has not previously held elected office.
“There’s things in the town that need to be looked at,” Brown said. “To keep it as a small town but growing.”
“One of the things that needs to be done is the comprehensive plan,” said Brown. “I was on the UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) Committee this past year.”
The comprehensive plan “needs to be modernized,” he said. “I’m not saying I’m going to do it, but we need to get a committee to do that.”
Surry has challenges ahead with an aging population, Brown said. “The school seems to be ever expanding.”
Brown doesn’t see any divisive issues in Surry.
“We just need to continue the leadership,” he said.
Another business owner, Eric Treworgy, is running for selectman.
Treworgy owns Pugnuts Ice Cream Shop with his husband, Karlton Holmes.
“For those of you who don’t know me, I graduated from high school in Milo in 1975, went to Yale for a degree in geology, and spent my career in business development in the software industry, working all over the world, but mainly in Boston, Chicago and Houston,” Treworgy said.
“I chaired the board and was CEO for a nonprofit workforce development agency in New York for three years, where we helped folks returning from prison or who were on welfare learn job skills and gain employment,” said Treworgy, adding that it was his “best job ever.”
“I am a Maine native with deep roots in Surry back to my great-great-great-grandfather Nathaniel Treworgy, who built the house on Contention Cove that became the Surry Inn,” Treworgy said.
“I’d love to see Surry continue to grow with more fun businesses like Pugnuts. That is why I supported the Under Canvas campground project and am excited about the potential solar power project that may go in on my old family property across the street from me.”
“I’m always in favor of spending money wisely, and I’ve always been happy to pay taxes to keep our community thriving, whether that means keeping the roads in good shape, or the Fire Department and school adequately funded,” Treworgy said. “I’d like to make sure that our assessments are accurate and that we’re spreading the tax burden fairly amongst us all. Largely I believe that good government should be free of drama, work silently in the background and be there when you need it.”