Aldrich said if elected, he would be responsive to the needs of residents in areas that they feel aren’t getting their fair share of services. “I would foster an open office to anyone to walk in and voice concerns, start with a conversation and try to move forward. It’s all about the residents. They drive the neighborhood and have a stake in their communities,” he said. Aldrich said he also would work hard to develop better working relationships with other elected officials and residents.
Aldrich, 59, of Southampton, is making his first bid for elected office. He is running on the Republican Party line. He works part time as a land steward for the town’s Community Preservation Fund, runs an equipment-repair business and is head mechanic at a tennis club. After 32 years with the highway department, Aldrich retired in 2014 as general supervisor. He had previously served as deputy highway superintendent. He earned an associate degree with a concentration in natural resources from SUNY Morrisville. He has been a North Sea firefighter for 37 years, and is a past president of the North Sea Fireman’s Benevolent Association. He has two sons.