Bouvier said the most important issue facing Southampton Town is the water pollution blamed for feeding algal blooms and degrading marine ecosystems in the area's bays. He said he would urge Suffolk County officials to approve new household wastewater-treatment technology that could replace the old-fashioned septic systems contributing to nitrogen pollution. "It's my mission in life to push on the county as hard as possible, to get the systems that are in the pipeline for approval," he said. Bouvier said he also supports building workforce housing that is scattered throughout the town to alleviate suffering from concentrations of illegal and overcrowded apartments. "I think there's a balance," he said. "I'm not anti-development, I'm not pro-development. I'm for smart development."
Bouvier, 60, of Westhampton is running on the Democratic, Independence, Working Families and Women's Equality lines. Bouvier, a mechanical engineer, has served for two years on the Southampton Town Conservation Board and ran unsuccessfully for Southampton Town trustee in 2013. Bouvier has worked as an engineer at Grumman Corp.'s flight-test facility in Calverton and for the company's space station division in Washington, D.C., where he worked as lead robotics engineer under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has also worked for the Houston-based company Oceaneering International, advising NASA on how deep-sea technology could be applied in space.