Candidate profile: Tucker Burr for Marion Planning Board

May 5, 2021

MARION — Tucker Burr has lived in town nearly his whole life, and says he isn’t going anywhere else anytime soon.

He says that’s an advantage he has running for the Planning Board, which has a vacancy left by Kristen St. Don-Campbell’s resignation.

Burr said it’s “important that the people on the Planning Board follow through and stay on the Planning Board for the three-year term.”

Additionally, having been a student at Tabor Academy and Sippican School, Burr said he’s “very familiar with the culture of the town.”

“It’s a huge part of me,” he said.

Burr said he wants to make the Planning Board “a more friendly board to come in front of,” and being elected would be a “great step for me to bring more to the town.”

An executive at Burr Brothers Boats in town, which he thinks gives him some useful expertise dealing with both townspeople and officials.

Burr has a bachelor’s degree in finance and math but, he said, “other than that, I’ve really just worked in the boatyard.”

The number one issue facing the Planning Board, Burr said, is “making sure to keep Marion affordable.”

He added that he’d like to see “diversity of housing” for all different ages, not just the 55-and-up population.

He also said he’d like to see an expansion of the tax base, brought by business development in town.

He noted the ongoing water and sewer issues the town faces, which have caused problems for the Planning board.

“It’s a very complex issue,” he said. “We’re doing the right thing trying to rebuild.”

But, Burr said, he’s “really excited to be a part of the Planning Board,” and that he’s “gonna be in town forever.”