Single, without even a girlfriend to distract him ("it'll happen," he laughs), Scott has a confidence and level-headedness unmatched by most men twice his age. The confidence can come across as cocky, as when, during an election debate, he answered a question about how he would handle a constituent who came to him complaining of a $5,000 water bill. "This is an easy one for me, 'cause I just did this yesterday," Scott said. "I'd call [Public Works] and say, 'Hey, we got another one.' Because we're moving to a new reader system. So I'd assure this person that this is not unusual and not to worry." He walks a tightrope between working to convince you he is serious and working to not look like he's working too hard at it.