"If I had solutions for problems that I perceive in the town now, I wouldn't wait to be elected; I'd be working on them now. "I'd be down there [at the town hall] in a heartbeat discussing them."
At the county level, Dunning said he would try to better represent the needs of the people of Westport. One item of particular concern is the use of the County Fairgrounds, located in Westport.
"It's such a tremendous asset that sits idle for a lot of the year," he said, adding that he'd like to see it better maintained and more frequently used by the county.
Dunning said he would have no need to use health insurance benefits offered by the county because his years of service in the state police entitles him to enough insurance already.
Dunning will face fellow Republican Bruce Ware in a Sept. 15 primary. Incumbent Daniel Connell, a Democrat, is running for re-election and will be on the general ballot in November.