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Bill Cody wants to instill new energy

ORANGE — Bill Cody is a relative newcomer to local politics, but he’s no stranger to the community, as he grew up in town and graduated from Mahar Regional School.

He said he would like to see the town regain some of the qualities that once inspired him about the place when he was growing up. Cody recalls a town in which “there was more involvement and more of a sense of community.”

At 30, Cody said he wants to “instill new energy” on the Board of Selectmen, as well as build the trust of citizens in town government. He is particularly inspired to improve accountability of town operations. He said that the lack of accurate, up-to-date accounting records over the past year is one example of where improvements can be made.

Cody currently serves as the chairman of the Bylaw Review Committee.

He has a B.A. in political science from University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He envisions using his degree by working as a town administrator, but those plans are “down the road.”

Cody currently works as a CNC machinist for Rodney Hunt, where he has been employed for the past two years. Prior to that, he worked for two years as a machinist in Westminster.

Cody also served from 2002 to 2005 in the 101st Air Assault Division of the U.S. Army. During his service, he took part in the invasion of Iraq through Iraqi Freedom.

He lives in town with his wife and two children.

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