DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 27, 2014

Four run for Londonderry Town Council

Four candidates seek two open seats


Derry News

---- — 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.

“We should also stop thinking of the town and school as unrelated entities, and I hope to help the Council and School Board collaborate more effectively and help manage expenses,” he said.

Attempts to reach Tom Freda for further comment were unsuccessful.

Tom Freda

Age: 56

Incumbent: Yes

Occupation: Attorney and CPA

Elective experience: One term on Londonderry Town Council, one term on Budget Committee

What is the single most important issue facing the Londonderry Town Council? I believe simplifying and streamlining the business development process to attract new business to Londonderry is the single more important thing facing the Council.

Joseph Green

Age: 44

Incumbent: Yes

Occupation: Senior division manager

Elective experience: Town Council

What is the single most important issue facing the Londonderry Town Council?

Hired a new town manager, restructured many departments. We need to finish job by re-selecting experienced people who know how to get the job done.

Chris Melcher

Age: 29

Incumbent: No

Occupation: Human Resources team lead

Elective experience: Budget Committee,

What is the single most important issue facing the Londonderry Town Council? Londonderry needs to attract large businesses to stabilize tax rate without asking taxpayers to float large bonds or infringing on the character of the town.

John Robinson

Age: 56

Incumbent: No

Occupation: Consulting writer

Elective experience: School Board, state representative, Budget Committee

What is the single most important issue facing the Londonderry Town Council? Increasing transparency, courtesy, and humility that invites and encourages the community to engage in an open, respectful dialogue regarding services, spending, development and revenue.