Windham Patch caught up with Alan Carpenter last evening after his plane landed in Dallas for a business trip.
Carpenter threw his hat into the ring yesterday to run for selectman, filling a vacancy left by departing Chairman Bruce Breton who will not seek another term on the board due to recent health concerns
"I decided last spring to run," Carpenter said. "I've received a lot of support from family and fellow residents."
Carpenter, who has lived with his family in Windham since 1998, has served two previous terms on the Board of Selectmen along with one term on the town's Planning Board.
He decided not to seek a third term as selectman four years ago to be able to spend more time with his two children who are now students at Windham High School.
"To be fiscally responsible is foremost," Carpenter said. "We have great opportunities with the construction on Interstate 93 and Route 111 finally coming to a close. We'll have a terrific resource with the Gateway District in getting businesses that we want to be in here."
Last week, Windham businessman and former School Board member Al Letizio Jr. announced his candidacy.
“I am very happy that we do not have a race with someone being unopposed,” said resident Barbara Coish. She said she would wait until filing is closed before making any comment on whom she would support.
"After all the vitriol during elections last year, I decided to run," Carpenter said. "What political party someone belongs to has no place in local elections."
Carpenter said he served alongside Roger Hoenberger for six years and never knew if he was a Democrat or a Republican.
“My wife and I are supporting Alan,” resident Tom Case said. “We have known him for a long time and feel that he should be the next selectman.”
Case added that Carpenter’s last two terms as selectman were without controversy.
“He is involved with many other aspects of the town of Windham like the Windmill at the High School and its organization Windham Initiative for Renewable Energy, and efforts to acquire Moeckel Pond for the town of Windham,” Case added. “He is a person who will look at both sides of an issue. He doesn't put partisan politics into his decision. His family is also involved in town affairs, as are we, which shows a total commitment to Windham.”
Carpenter said he has a request for the voters.
"If you want to know something, reach out and ask me,” he said. “Or, look at how I served you in the past as a selectman."
Carpenter can be reached at 537-0907.