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February 27, 2014

Four run for Londonderry Town Council

Four candidates seek two open seats

LONDONDERRY — Four men, including two incumbents, square off in next month’s Town Council election.

Incumbent councilors Tom Freda and Joseph Green each hope to win another three years on the Town Council. They are being challenged by Chris Melcher and John Robinson for the two open seats.

Three of the four candidates elaborated on why they want a chance to serve on Town Council.

For Green, winning another term would be a chance to continue the successful momentum in town including the hiring of new town manager Kevin Smith last fall and other department restructuring and changes to increase productivity.

“I want to continue to apply the techniques of cost efficiencies and productivity, which I have learned over the past 23 years at my job, to town government,” Green said. “I felt that if we ran the town more like a business, it would make Londonderry a better place to live.”

Green said he feels he has helped make this a reality in town.

Melcher hopes to make the jump to Town Council after serving on Londonderry’s Budget Committee. He said he is town native and would bring a lot of budget experience to the Council table.

“I chose to run for Council at the conclusion of my three-year term as I would like to have a more prominent part in moving the town forward,” Melcher said. “I feel my experience on the Budget Committee has prepared me to make a more significant contribution to the town as a member of the Council.”

Robinson will end his term on the School Board after six years and hopes to win a spot on the town side of government. He wants to help the community engage in an open respectful dialogue regarding services, spending, development and revenue if elected to Council.

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