OXFORD – Selectman Caldwell Jackson announced on Friday his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Oxford County commissioner from District 3.

District 3 represents Albany Township and the towns of Buckfield, Greenwood, Hebron, Otisfield, Oxford, Paris, Stoneham, West Paris and Woodstock.

Jackson is running for the seat of Republican Jeffrey Fagan of Paris, who announced his candidacy last month.

Primary elections will be held June 13.

Jackson lives in Oxford and is a lifelong resident of the county. He is serving his 10th year as a selectman in Oxford and said municipal experience is an important qualification for commissioner.

“Now more than ever, we need to understand the direct effect the county budget has on each individual town,” he said. “With the high cost of fuel and increases in health insurance within the county and throughout the municipalities, it is critical we consistently review all departments in an effort to maintain fiscal responsibility.

“We cannot expect our towns to hold the line on spending as we continue to see increases in our tax commitment to the county,” Jackson said, noting that Oxford and Paris will have increases in their tax commitment to the county this year of 11.6 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively.

Jackson is a small business owner and a member of Oxford’s Economic Development Committee. He also serves as vice president and harness racing director of the Oxford County Fair.

He and his wife, Diane, have three daughters and two grandchildren.

Jackson said he wants Oxford County to operate in a “more fiscally efficient manner to decrease the tax burden on residents,” and he also wants to explore alternative heating methods for county buildings.

“As we continue to maintain and provide essential services, we must always do so with the taxpayers in mind,” he said. “That is why I would like to explore alternative heating methods for our county buildings, such as biomass.”

Jackson said he also wants to consider “regionalizing” the county’s purchasing power on resources including fuel, vehicles, paper products and computers to give towns an opportunity to realize cost savings.

Jackson invited county residents to contact him directly to discuss any issues or offer suggestions. He may be reached by at 539-2325 or 272-8543.

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