Andy Watts

Title: Essex Selectboard Chair
Phone: 802-872-8927
Andy Watts

3 Year Term - Expires 2024

Andy has lived at his current residence in Essex since 1997 and was a Village resident for a few years in the mid-80’s. He was hired by IBM in 1983, transitioned to GlobalFoundries in 2015 and subsequently retired in early 2021. Andy is now the Deputy Director of Circulation for DaCapo Publishing (Seven Days newspaper) and occasionally substitute teaches at Essex High School, CTE, and the two EWSD Middle Schools. His wife, Janet, is a Math Teacher at ADL Intermediate School. Together, they have raised three boys, Adam, Colin and Nathan.

Andy has a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Materials Science. He also has a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Ecological Economics.

Volunteer Experience
Andy has been an active volunteer in Essex. He has been a classroom volunteer, a soccer coach, a blood and platelet donor, a Boy Scout Leader for many years and is a past (2-term) and founding member of the Essex Energy Committee. He is also involved with the Essex Jericho Underhill Ecumenical Ministry Foodshelf. Andy has written successful grant applications for over 30 Vermont organizations resulting in over $250,000 in community support. Andy was first elected to the Selectboard in 2014 and has greatly enjoyed his service to the community.

Andy’s Motto
People may not remember what you say or do, but they will always remember how you make them feel. - Maya Angelou 


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