By Jonathan Phelps
---- — HAMILTON — Jacob “Jack” Hauck said he is running for selectman “to give the people in town more of a voice.”
Hauck, 77, who moved to town last June after 15 years in Wenham, said that because he’s retired he can devote more time to meeting with residents and state legislators and preparing for meetings. He quoted Alexander Hamilton, the country’s first secretary of the treasury, for whom the town was named: “Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.”
“What that requires,” Huack said, “is for elected people to spend more time with the people whom they represent.”
Hauck said he has met with more than 200 residents to talk about what is important around town.
“Without a doubt, the thing I am hearing about the most is something needs to be done about the property taxes,” he said. “They are too high.”
He said town officials need to do a better job communicating with residents and need to start looking for ways to increase commercial tax revenue, by reaching out to businesses about locating to town.
“Maybe we need to better inform the people about where their money is being spent,” Hauck said. “And then look at ways to spend more efficiently.”
Hauck said he will work to develop a five-year strategic plan for the town but said residents should be the ones who develop the plan.
“We don’t have one,” he said. “And I don’t know how we can go ahead without knowing where we want to be in five years.”
JACK HAUCK Age: 77 Occupation: Retired journalist Family: Wife, Helen; two children, Steven and Margaret Education: BA in languages from Rutgers University Political experience: Has never run for political office, but helped organize other campaigns