Ticonderoga Republicans will also choose a candidate for county sheriff between incumbent Henry Hommes and Michael "Ike" Tyler and county district attorney between incumbent Julie Garcia and Kristy Sprague.
"I want people more involved in the decisions made on their behalf," Grinnell said, noting people with an agenda are often the only ones to attend town board meetings. "I don't want to be compromised into decisions by the squeakiest wheel. We need to be fair to the majority."
Owner of Grinnell Construction, Grinnell has long been active in community affairs. He was named Ti's first-ever building inspector in 1976. He has been a member of town Republican committee, served on the planning board, worked 26 years with Ti Little League, served 12 years on the Ticonderoga school board and is a former executive officer with the National Guard. He currently sits on the zoning board of appeals.
"I have the urge to do something a little different," he said. "I know several of th (town) board members well. Talking to them I like the direction things are going. I think with Bob's (Dedrick) ideas in place and a few of my own we're in a position to keep Ti moving in a positive direction."
Grinnell said he would like to see development of the LaChute River front be included in plans for downtown revitalization and promises to keep taxes in check.
"I don't mind paying taxes to maintain and improve the community," he said, "but you have to keep the taxes and services in line with what taxpayers can afford. Taxes area necessary evil, but the people setting the taxes must have a conscience in regard to the taxpayers."
Grinnell believes changes need to be made at the county level. He's concerned about efficient use of county employees and would like to see Ticonderoga get a greater share of sales tax revenue.