My Story


My name is Oscar. I’m running for Selectboard. Elsewhere on this website you can read about my issues, but here I want to take a minute to tell you about who I am.

So who are you?

I was born in New York, but when I was 14 my parents picked a summer camp at random off the internet. That camp was Camp Waubanong on Melchen Road. I spent most of the next dozen summers in Vermont. In 2014 I moved into a small apartment on Western Avenue. If I’m lucky, I’ll live in Brattleboro for the rest of my life.

I graduated from McGill University with a major in political science. I’ve always been interested in politics, particularly at the local level. I’m currently the chair of the Brattleboro Energy Committee. We just held an energy policy forum with our state representatives in December that was a great success.

I’m also a small business owner. My business, 10F Design, is a three-person partnership that designs and builds websites. We’re a member of the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce. In fact, Kate O’Connor of the Chamber (and outgoing Selectboard chair) was the person who convinced me to run for the Selectboard myself.

Yeah, but who are you really?

I’m thirty years old.

My favorite book (right now) is Dune, by Frank Herbert. My favorite movie is Midnight Run, with Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin. My favorite TV show is The Wire.

I play softball in the Brattleboro league. Last year 10F Design sponsored the team and I managed it. I bat and throw left-handed. I can hit home runs, but mostly in the first half of the season, before I get lazy and stop going to the gym.

I spent my twenties playing guitar in a couple bands in the southern California desert. I recorded an album with one and I still have a few CDs. It’s not terrible!

I have two cats, but will discipline myself not to post any pictures of them. Until I win – then they’re getting their own page on here.

Oscar Heller for Brattleboro Selectboard 2019