Robert Libby is running on experience as he looks towards adding another term to his 23 years as a Buxton selectman.

Libby has been a selectmen for the past eight consecutive years and worked another 15 years as a selectman beginning in the late 1960s.

Asked his age, Libby responds that he’s a World War II vet, and that whatever his age he shows up when he’s supposed to and gets his work done. Age doesn’t mean much, he said.

Libby entered the Coast guard at age 17 in 1941 and worked as a motor machinist on landing barges in Europe.

Libby is a retired tax assessor and has worked for Gorham, Westbrook and independently. He’s received a broker’s license and his Maine assessor’s license, useful knowledge when the selectmen address Buxton’s property assessments.

Libby used to be an avid stock car racer at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and continues to spend much of his time there.

He and his wife, Nancy, live on Long Plains Road and have three grown children, James, 47; John, 46; and Diana, 61.

If elected, Libby hopes to get a non-binding referendum on the November ballot asking voters whether to add a town manager to Buxton’s ranks.

“I’m not sure it’s needed, but if people want it, we’ll abide by that,” Libby said. “I think it’s an expense, and I don’t think anything is broken in our town.” He said he’d probably vote against creating a town manager’s position, but would listen to what the voters say as a town.

At Tuesday’s election, Libby hopes people will vote for him so he can continue the service he has given the town for nearly a quarter of a century.

“I really enjoy working with the people I work with. It’s a fun job, and I understand it, and I’d just like to continue on with my work,” he said.


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