Name: George Temple
Address: 2 Jensen Farm Road
Education: Bachelor’s degree, political science, University of Rhode Island; juris doctorate, Syracuse University
Occupation: Lawyer, George R. Temple, Esq., Shelton; served seven years in the U.S. Navy, machinist mate first class
Experience: Current Oxford Library Board member, former Seymour Board of Finance chairman, former Seymour Board of Education member and former Seymour Board of Police Commissioners member
Family: Wife, Cathy; two sons, Andy, 15; and Ben, 37
Position Sought: First Selectman
Describe why you are running in 300 words or less:
When I decided to run, several of my friends were at my house for a spring party. We got into a discussion about the town and particularly the tax collector embezzlement. I said that we are handling this wrong and gave several other opinions from condition of the roads to attracting business to the town. My 15-year-old son Andy said that I should run. My friend Jeff Haney said that that was a good idea and if I ran, he would run also.(at the time I didn't know Jeff was a registered Democrat) It was a put up or shut up moment. Jeff and I rose to the challenge and here we are.
At the time that I committed, I didn't even know what a blog was no less the carnivorous nature of some of the bloggers. I get energy from knocking on doors and talking to the people. Oxford Together is a concept that they readily embrace.
I have a lot to offer. I have the experience and maturity to do the job. I have met with movers and shakers to bring new businesses to Oxford. I was the guy that First Selectmen turned to when they needed advice. I see the Economic development of Oxford as a challenge that I am up to and a task that I would enjoy.