Overton said he would focus on improving water quality by identifying and moving septic system upgrades forward quickly on the properties that contribute the most to the problem of adding nitrogen to area waters. A lot of older and middle-income residents would benefit from using Community Preservation Fund rebates for incentives, he said. He also would focus on fighting the heroin and opioid problem, and work to have overdoses recognized as purposeful deaths rather than accidental deaths so dealers can be prosecuted more aggressively. Overton said he also would work on a better spirit of cooperation within town hall and with the public. “I’m a businessman,” he said. “We need to move the public’s requests along. People are frustrated with not getting an answer.”
Overton, 58, of Westhampton, is making his first bid for supervisor, and his third run for office. He is running on the Republican Party line. He was a town trustee in 2014-15, but lost his re-election bid. Overton is general manager at a Quogue heating and plumbing company and a volunteer Westhampton firefighter. He is a volunteer with the homeless outreach program Maureen’s Haven, and with the Moriches Bay Project, which promotes improving the bay. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Dickinson College, and was on the zoning board in Mount Snow, Vermont, for 10 years. He is married and has a son and two stepdaughters.