, Derry, New Hampshire

March 14, 2013

Derry voters elect three new town councilors

School budget OK'd, aide contract rejected

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — The face of the Town Council has changed in a big way.

Incumbents Joel Olbricht and David Milz both lost their bids for another term on the Town Council in Tuesday’s election.

Newcomer Mark Osborne easily topped Olbricht for the Councilor-at-Large seat, 1,241- 648, while Tom Cardon beat Milz in the District 2 Council race, 343-295.

Al Dimmock ran unopposed for the open District 4 councilor seat.

In another contested race, incumbent Town Clerk Denise Neale beat former town councilor Janet Fairbanks, 1,089-753.

Voter turnout was light at all town polling places. Of the town’s 20,191 registered voters, only 2,024, or 10 percent, came out to vote.

Resident Ellie Sarcione was disappointed with the numbers.

“We might get the award for the lowest turnout,” she said.

Peggy Howard was one of the faithful that hardly misses an election day.

“I vote all the time,” she said. “You can’t complain or be positive (about something) if you don’t get out to vote.”

Poll worker Corinne Safron said a lot of election volunteers didn’t have much to do during the day. Many brought their books, magazines and even some knitting projects.

“A lot of people were sitting and waiting,” Safron said.

Poll volunteer Janet Conroy said dismal numbers are often expected.

“You get people out during the presidential elections, but not the state and local,” she said.

In other town races incumbents Elizabeth Ives and Joan Crimlisk won the two open Derry Public Library trustee jobs with 1,237 and 750 votes, respectively, over challenger James Thomas’ 677.

Incumbent Candace Andrews and Kim Burke won the two open spots as Taylor Library trustees with 896 and 920 votes, respectively, over Ed Ciancio’s 635.

Kevin Coyle ran uncontested for the Trustee of Trust Fund position. Voters also approved several town charter changes.

On the school side, voters approved the $81.9 million budget, 1,127-774, but shot down a collective bargaining agreement between the district and the AFSCME teachers assistants union, 1,153-801.

Incumbent School Board members Ken Linehan and Brenda Willis along with Jeri Murphy won the three spots on the board. Linehan got the top number with 1,092 votes, Willis received 1,073 votes and Murphy took 948 votes. Melanie Davis earned 894 votes.