Dave Barrows has been involved in town politics for years, well before he was even an adult.

The 55-year-old Lincolnville native, living in the home he was born in on High Street, remembers the public coming to his house for municipal business. His mother was assistant town clerk in the 1970s, and he has the long view of town politics and government.

Today he lives in the home with his wife, Darlene. Their two children have grown and are off into the world.

“I’ve been interested in town politics for years,” he said. “I have been involved on committees, starting in the early 1990s, with serving on the town’s conservation commission.”

Barrows is running for one of two open seats on the Lincolnville Board of Selectmen, along with Robert Plausse and Julia Libby. Incumbent Plausse is seeking reelection; the other seat is being vacated by Selectman Cathy Hardy.

He currently sits on the Budget Committee, and for the last eight years on the Lakes and Ponds Committee.

“I don’t have a huge agenda,” he said. “Obviously, I want to do most for the town and save money.”

Barrows supports the idea of building a new town office, which has been percolating for several years. The existing building is too small and unable to meet building and compliance codes, according to a Municipal Buildings Committee report. Expansion of the town office, on Route 235, had been discussed in depth in 2008, but with a recession and skeptical town sentiment, the selectmen voted not to place a town office expansion proposal before voters. The project in 2008 was estimated to cost $522,188, and the selectmen opposed placing more fiscal strain on taxpayers.

In March 2010, the selectmen agreed to ask the committee to turn attention back to the town office, given lower interest rates and construction costs.

“I think it’s time,” said Barrows. “We’ve got to do it.”

He said putting the project off into the future will only cost the town more in labor.

“We can hire workers cheaper rather than five years from now,” he said.

He also supports leasing the old Center Fire Station to the Lincolnville Community Alliance. The fire station has been vacated by the Lincolnville Fire Department, which relocated to the new station on Route 52. The former fire station and old school house are part of a proposal by the Alliance to lease the space for a variety of entrepreneurial and community purposes.

In 2008, voters granted the selectmen authority to sell the property. In 2010, residents initiated talks about the future of the old school, which educated students from the early 19th century through 1947. The fire station and school house sit side by side in Lincolnville Center, across from the vacant lot that was once the Dean and Eugley store and garage. In March, Alliance members, including farmers, business owners, writers and artists, introduced ideas, all designed to revitalize Lincolnville Center.

“I’d love to see the group make it all work,” said Barrows. “I think the idea is great. I’d love to see the town revitalized again. I remember going to Dean and Eugley to buy candy. You got better deals for your nickel there.”

Barrows supports the town’s police department.

“Every taxpayer pays approximately $50 a year for the police department,” he said. “That’s good.”

The chief and part time officers are responsive, he said.

Barrows is employed at Rankins Hardware Store in Camden, where he has worked for the past 32 years.