Andrew Taylor is the newest member of Durham's Board of Selectmen. The Democrat, who was sworn in on Sept. 28, fills the spot vacated by George Eames, who now serves as Durham's first selectman.
Having previously served on the RSD13 Board of Education, Taylor, a married father of four, said he is familiar with standard meeting procedures and budgets and is comfortable working alongside people with opposing viewpoints.
Currently, Republicans have control of the three-member Board of Selectmen.
Taylor, who is seated alongside Eames and John Szewczyk, said progress is being made in the community.
“There are not a lot of exciting projects, but they need to be addressed," the new selectman said.
Taylor said he believes the role of local government is to provide an environment where families, businesses and the community, as a whole, can thrive. “I am deeply committed to building a more just, equitable, diverse, inclusive, and sustainable future for each of us,” he said.
However, Taylor believes the community has become increasingly polarized, with distinct socioeconomic and political spheres taking shape.
As a selectman, Taylor says he will do everything he can to promote community-building.
“Andrew is sincere and hard-working," Szewczyk said. "And I think he will be a positive addition to the Durham Select Board."