James Munch, a fourth-generation Sherman resident, has thrown his hat in the ring as a write-in candidate for first selectman.

A self-described conservative, he is running as an "independent Republican."

His grandfather, Roger Munch, was first selectman for 19 years during the 1940s and 1950s.

With a background in engineering, Mr. Munch believes he can bring practical knowledge to the first selectman's role as supervisor of the town's public works.

"Now that I'm retired from the Army reserve after 24 years, I have the time to devote to the town," said Mr. Munch, who served two tours in Iraq as a commander of roadwork, demolition and armor tank troops.

He served 12 years in the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department and was the town's tree warden in the 1990s, utilizing his degree in forestry.

Issues including providing affordable and senior housing, greater tax breaks for veterans and seniors, and encouraging fiscally conservative government spending are all areas of interest for Mr. Munch.

"My primary interest is in strengthening public works," he said. "We need to update our highway equipment, work on reconstruction of road subsurface and drainage and create a permanent Parks and Recreation position, freeing up public works time."