NORTH ATTLEBORO - Saying they share the same values and vision for the town, selectmen candidates Patrick Reynolds and Christopher Wynn are taking the unusual step of teaming up to campaign together for the two available seats.
Reynolds and Wynn are two of the six candidates running in the Feb. 11 preliminary election for seats on the board of selectmen.
The other candidates are incumbent Michael Thompson, board of health member John Donohue, Hockomock Area YMCA Live Y'ers coordinator Anne Lonzo and Honey Dew franchise owner Kevin Quirk.
The top four vote-getters in the preliminary election will go on to vie for the two available seats in the April 1 town election.
Wynn, a sales representative for Northeast Jewelers, and Reynolds, a North Attleboro High School senior, recently started campaigning together door-to-door.
"Pat and I aren't Town Hall insiders, which means that we're free to propose bold, innovative solutions to the problems facing our community," Wynn said. "In the Army, they taught us to never leave a man behind. That's the kind of North Attleboro we want to create, one where no one is left behind or left out of the conversation."
"When Chris and I met and realized that we shared the same values and vision for this town, we both thought let's work together to move this town forward," he said. "Let's transcend the bickering and the pettiness of politics and work together to accomplish our goals, rather than fighting as opponents."
Other candidates were surprised to learn that Reynolds and Wynn were campaigning together.
"It's the first time I've heard of that in local government," Thompson said. "It will be interesting to see how the voters react to it. I think you're elected as an individual on the merits of what you bring to the table."
Quirk said: "I think the board of selectmen needs to be a group of independent thinkers who bring their individual ideas to the table, and are willing to compromise with each member of the board for the continued progress of the community."
Donohue said: "It doesn't bother me. The primary thing is getting the voters out for the preliminary election."
Lonzo did not return a call requesting comment.
Reynolds and Wynn will hold a meet and greet event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at Mackie's Restaurant, 49 North Washington St.