BY ETHAN FORMAN
---- — Voters will elect one selectman from two candidates on the ballot in Tuesday’s election in Danvers.
DANVERS — Scott Herwig grew up in Salem but considers Danvers his second home.
Herwig moved to Danversport six months ago with his wife, Samantha, a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is a “different type of candidate,” he acknowledges, without deep roots in Danvers; he’s also lived in Salem, North Carolina, Texas, New Hampshire and New York. But he’s also hoping to drum up support among younger voters, hoping to get a younger generation involved in politics.
“I’ve always been a people person,” he said. “I’ve always just liked to hit the streets, talk to people, get into people’s heads, see what’s on their minds, see what kind of issues people have. Doing this campaign for selectman, it’s a new town for me.”
Herwig, who works as an auto appraiser, is a self-taught drummer and guitarist, the former organizer of the Witchstock Music Festival at Salem Willows, and a U.S. history buff.
A 1995 graduate of Salem High School, he attended North Shore Community College and studied criminal law and psychology. He later earned a diploma in automotive technology from the Universal Technical Institute in Houston, Texas.
Asked about his spending priorities for next fiscal year’s town budget — the town is considering a $6.5 million upgrade to the athletic fields and stadium at Danvers High, a $5.5 million police dispatch center and the $2 million fix to the library’s heating and ventilation systems — Herwig said the dispatch center would be his top priority.
A former security guard at the nuclear power plant in Seabrook, N.H., he said he was part of the armed tactical response team, and it was tough working in a place that had the feeling of a fortress.
“We were like a SWAT team essentially,” Herwig said. That background showed him the importance of public safety as a priority.
This is not the first time Herwig has tested the waters for a run for office. In 2013, he pulled nomination papers to run against Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, “figuring no one else was going to,” he said. He later withdrew from the race.
Herwig is not only running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, but for Town Meeting in Precinct 3. No matter what happens in Tuesday’s election, he will be involved in Danvers affairs, because he is guaranteed a seat at Town Meeting — only six people, including Herwig, are running for the six seats up for election in his precinct.
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.
About SCOTT HERWIG
Address: 2 Water St., No. 1
Family: Wife, Samantha
Occupation: Licensed auto appraiser