Terry Colson Jr. said he represents a new, young face in the political scene in town and he hopes to inspire other young people to get involved in their community.

“A lot of young people shy away due to their age,” he said. “I think they could learn by jumping in.”

He said he was inspired in part by the success of young Rockland City Councilor William Clayton.

Colson is running for a three-year term on the Thomaston Board of Selectmen. Two three-year seats are available and three people are running for them. Also running are longtime incumbent Selectmen Peter Lammert and Lee-Ann Upham.

Colson said his number one priority would be bringing business to the community.

Walmart

The candidate said his feelings about the proposed Route 1 Walmart are very positive.

He said he knows some people are against big box stores, but he said those businesses make sense when you think about the tax revenue they generate.

“I think it’s a convenience really,” Colson said of the Route 1 Walmart proposal. He said it will be convenient for people from Warren, Spruce Head and Tenants Harbor since a number of businesses will be grouped together on the eastern end of Thomaston.

“I think that the scale of it and how it looks is very appealing,” he said of the Walmart proposal. “The whole outlook of the area will change.”

He added that going to Camden Street in Rockland is a nightmare in terms of the number of traffic lights and the traffic congestion.

With gas prices rising, he said people want to be able to go the quickest route and shorter distances to do their shopping.

Colson said that if the Walmart project is developed properly, it will not cause the same traffic problems he sees on Camden Street.

He said he is not against large or small businesses.

Town office move

Colson said he is in favor of moving the town office and police department out of the Watts block storefronts and freeing those spaces up for business. He said he would like to see it put back on the tax rolls.

Former prison property

The candidate expressed support for development of the Thomaston Green and for the infrastructure improvements to the property that would pave the way for development.

He said he would hold off on saying what he would do about the budget and property taxes until he has seen the numbers.

“I try not to make any promises I can’t live up to,” he said. “I’ll go in with an open mind and listen to the people.”

Transfer station

Colson, who formerly worked at the Owls Head, South Thomaston and Thomaston Cooperative Transfer Station, said he believes it is a waste for the three towns to each have their own stump dumps. He said they should be consolidated, which would reduce the number of employees needed.

Colson staged a protest in December at the transfer station on Buttermilk Lane, saying at the time that he was wrongly fired from the Owls Head, South Thomaston and Thomaston Cooperative Transfer Station for being a whistleblower.

Peter Lammert, who is also running for selectman, serves as the site manager for the transfer station where Colson worked.

Colson said in December that he and his father were fired from the transfer station Oct. 28, 2010, after they contacted the Maine Department of Labor and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to report problems at the station. Inspections from the two agencies resulted in the transfer station being cited for minor violations.

Lammert said in December that the Colsons were fired for other reasons.

Colson filed a small claim against the transfer station in late December at District Court asking the judge to order the station to provide him with a copy of his personnel file. He also sought a penalty of $500 against the transfer station.

District Court Judge Joseph Field ruled on the case in March saying Colson must be allowed to review his personnel file no later than April 29. No penalties were imposed on the transfer station.

Colson said April 12 that he has no ill feelings toward Lammert.

“I wish him the best of luck,” he said. The candidate said his fight with the transfer station has no bearing on his bid for a selectman’s seat.

Colson works at Fisher Engineering in Rockland in the ice control assembly department. He works on sanders for trucks, he said.

He has lived in Thomaston for nine years. He said he grew up in Rockland’s South End. The candidate added that he studied graphic arts at Central Maine Community College for one year. He has worked at Shepard Chevrolet and Rock Coast Sports.

He said he coached Farm League in Rockland for three or four years and served as the league coordinator.

He said people can contact him at soxfan_79@yahoo.com.