MORRISTOWN – Shawn R. Macaulay, a lifelong resident of Morristown, believes his years of community engagement qualify him for a seat on the town council.
Currently in his third full year on the Morristown Central School Board of Education, Mr. Macaulay, 45, is also a 20-year veteran of the Brier Hill Volunteer Fire Department. He has served as chief for the last 12 years.
In addition to his work with the fire department and school, Mr. Macaulay is a supervisor at the state Department of Transportation, where he has worked for 20 years.
I have a lot to offer, Mr. Macaulay said, highlighting his experience working on budgets for the school and fire department and his work dealing with personnel issues as a DOT supervisor.
Mr. Macaulay said he believes his background has prepared him for serving on the town council.
I want to support my town, Mr. Macaulay said when asked why he wanted to run. I dont have an agenda. I want to be open minded.
Mr. Macaulay said he is interested in pursuing renewable energy sources within the town, noting the potential for solar power to help reduce the energy bill for the town government.
And Mr. Macaulay said he hopes to keep taxes as low as possible for residents if he gets elected.
I want to do whatever is best for the town, Mr. Macaulay said.
So far, Mr. Macaulay said, he has been talking to people within the town to spread the word about his campaign. He plans on putting up signs soon as well.
I know a lot of people [in the town], Mr. Macaulay said. I think Id represent them well.
Most importantly Mr. Macaulay said, if elected, he would make an effort to be available to residents who want to talk about issues that are important to them.
There are two council seats open this year, those currently held by Howard Warren and David W. Stout III. Frank L. Putmans term as town supervisor is also expiring.