---- — DERRY — With no incumbents seeking re-election to the Town Council this year, two newcomers are vying for one open District 3 Council job for a three-year term.
Marc Flattes and David Fischer are running for the seat that will be left vacant once the term ends in March for Councilor Neil Wetherbee.
Wetherbee and Brad Benson, the current Councilor-at-Large, opted not to run again.
Another newcomer, Joshua Bourdon, is running uncontested for Benson’s vacant spot for three years.
Fischer and Flattes joined with candidates for a “Political Connections” forum Sunday at the town’s cable studio to offer their experience and thoughts on the town.
Candidates for this year’s positions fielded questions by local reporters. David Nelson served as forum moderator.
Each candidate had several minutes to kick off the forum and give personal perspectives on their experience level and why they were running.
For Fischer, it’s a long life filled with educational experience in teaching and administration that he said would give him a good foundation to serve the town.
He moved to Derry in 2012 and has a long history as a teacher and school administrator. He said he would contribute a lot if elected to the Town Council.
“My leadership skills and experience with human relations and strategic planning would contribute to the Town Council,” he said.
He said making a good choice for a new town administrator would be key to the town’s success.
“This is one of the most important decisions the council will make,” Fischer said.
For Flattes, it’s about transparency and making sure the public is heard when it comes to town business.
He is a regular at almost all town meetings and said he wants to work to bring taxes down and keep living in Derry affordable.
“The council is definitely going to change, and change for the better,” he said.
Flattes said a town administrator can often be more of a “door” to block the voice of the people. If elected, Flattes wants people to be able to come up to him and express their thoughts or concerns.
The pair also fielded questions about economic development, the school budget, recent town council behavior and how they believe the town can prosper.
District 3 Town Council
Occupation: Bulk customer representative
Elective experience: None
What is the single most important issue facing the Derry Town Council? Growth and development. I feel that if I can resolve that issue, most of the other issues will resolve themselves.
Occupation: Retired educator
Elective experience: None
What is the single most important issue facing the Derry Town Council? To see the Town Council work collaboratively to address the needs of the community and to promote the advantages of living in this community.