DERRY — After serving two terms on the Town Council, two incumbents are stepping down to make way for new faces to join the group.
Incumbent Town Councilors Brad Benson and Neil Wetherbee are not seeking third terms, paving the way for voters to choose two new councilors to fill the available Councilor-at-Large and District 3 positions, respectively.
Joshua Bourdon is running unopposed for Benson’s seat. Marc Flattes and David Fischer will square off in the election March 11, hoping to win the District 3 spot.
For Benson, the past year has been difficult at times, with long meetings and not always a lot of business being accomplished.
“We spend every meeting allocating too much time to public forum, rather than conducting the business of the town,” Benson said in an email to the Derry News. “It has truly been a life lesson in patience and politics.”
Wetherbee agreed meetings run long, but with “virtually nothing substantive accomplished.”
Both men said they are proud of some of the work the group accomplished during their tenure.
“It’s difficult to walk away because I still believe in this community and I still think there’s work left to be done,” Wetherbee said. “I’ve gained a lot of great experience being on the council for the past six years.”
Benson said he is most proud of how, under his and Wetherbee’s leadership, the staff was treated with respect.
Benson had served as chairman and Wetherbee as vice chairman for several years. Michael Fairbanks is the current chairman.
“We worked hard to make the council the business side of running a town,” Benson said. “In my opinion, the morale of the staff had never been better and I thoroughly enjoyed the relationships I developed with all I had contact with. I will miss that.”