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PRINCETON — Scottie Brown saw an ad posted by the town of Princeton seeking a new commissioner. Mayor Pro-tem Larry Withrow moved to Clayton in April and that created a vacancy. So, Brown submitted an application.
He was appointed in May.
“I saw where they were looking for a volunteer and I wanted an opportunity to make a difference,” said Brown. “We live here, spend our time here and are raising our children here. I want to help Princeton grow but also keep that small-town feel.”
Brown, 29, grew up in Seven Springs and moved to Wayne County’s Rosewood community in 2008. He is an orders analyst for Caterpiller in Clayton. A 2008 graduate of Rosewood High School, Brown graduated from Wayne Community College and is working online to earn a business degree from East Carolina University.
He and his family moved to Princeton in August 2017.
Brown said public service is about making the right decisions for the community.
“It’s been a good experience thus far on the Board of Commissioners,” said Brown. “I look forward to the meetings and it’s nice to be in the know and have an impact on the community.”
Brown said it’s important to prepare for the growth headed Princeton’s way with the conversion of U.S. 70 to Interstate 42.
“We want to gear up for people who will start to migrate to our community,” said Brown. “We have some roads and railroad tracks that need attention and abandoned buildings which aren’t appealing to the eyes.”
He said life’s changed with the arrival of a new baby. Abigail is four months old. The Browns also have a 2-year-old daughter, Rebecca.
“It makes a difference,” said Brown.
The Browns enjoying traveling to Charleston, South Carolina, and Williamsburg, Virginia. Brown said he enjoys shooting and fishing.