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February 28, 2013

Derry candidates square off in television forum

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Dimmock is running unopposed for the District 4 slot. He said it’s time for him to be sitting at the council table instead of being a regular in the audience at meetings.

“I want to be the voice of the town,” he said. “I want to be there for the people and I hope they are there for me.”

Milz cited many success stories in Derry, including the recently completed Route 28 expansion on Manchester Road and the planned expansion of water/sewer services south on Route 28 toward Salem.

The downtown is also key, he said.

“Derry has a quaint, New England style downtown area,” Milz said. “We need to still continue to develop it in some way.”

Olbricht said this is an exciting time for Derry.

“It’s also an exciting time to be on the Town Council,” he said. “We are all focused on what we can do downtown. Economic development is important and it’s the right thing to do.”

Cardon urged everyone to get out and vote next month.

“It’s one of the most important things that directly affects your tax bill,” he said.

There’s a race for town clerk, too, but only one candidate attended the forum.

Challenger Janet Fairbanks appeared to give her reasons for wanting to be Derry’s town clerk. She is running against incumbent Denise Neale, who did not attend, but sent in a statement.

Fairbanks said she is qualified for the clerk job and brings 20 years of bookkeeping experience. She also served as a town councilor for six years. If elected, she said, she would streamline the clerk’s office by updating procedures and making the office more accessible.

“I will make sure the office is always staffed,” she said.

In her statement, Neale said she wanted to continue the work she has been doing and continue to make the clerk’s office as efficient as possible.

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