PARIS – Troy Ripley has announced his bid to run for one of the two open seats on the Board of Selectmen.

“I am running for one of the open positions on the board because I know I can make a positive difference,” Ripley said in a prepared statement. “After being told last year there was ‘nothing we can do’ in regards to our taxes, I decided to get involved.”

Ripley said, “I know Paris is a great place to raise our families, and I refuse to be consumed with the current negativity. Only after respectfully and objectively hearing all sides of an issue can a good leader make a good decision that will benefit the whole.”

Ripley said the same challenges facing people and families personally, including rising fuel prices, job loss and increased prices for basic necessities, are being faced by the town as well.

“These challenges must be met head-on by a proven leader,” Ripley said. “My leadership skills have been tried, tested, and proven, both in peace time and in time of conflict. By applying them in difficult situations I have been able to solve some of the most complex problems. I will use these skills to insure the citizens of Paris that every tax dollar spent is spent wisely.”

Ripley, 45, is a Paris native and a graduate of Oxford Hills High School. He is a combat veteran and a retired U.S. Army master sergeant.

“During those 20 years of dedicated service I held multiple leadership positions where I was directly responsible for the safety and well being of those assigned with me,” Ripley said. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Regents College in New York. He and his wife Jeri (Brown) Ripley have been married 27 years. They have raised three children Nick, Megan and Andy, and have one grandson, Jarrett.

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