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February 28, 2013

Derry candidates square off in television forum

DERRY — The five candidates hoping to earn a seat on the Town Council did their best to convince voters of their suitability Sunday during a Channel 17 forum.

The men talked about taxes, the downtown and how to make Derry a better place to live and work.

Candidates fielded questions from a panel of local reporters. David Nelson served as moderator of the annual “Political Connections” forum.

Participants included incumbent Town Councilor David Milz, who is being challenged by Tom Cardon, for the District 2 seat.

Incumbent councilor-at-large Joel Olbricht also wants another three-year term and goes up against newcomer Mark Osborne. District 4 council hopeful Al Dimmock is running unopposed for the open position.

The men were asked about high taxes, economic development and how the council could better work with the school district on budget items.

Candidates opened the afternoon saying why they wanted the job.

Milz said another term would help him continue the positive momentum he sees on the council right now.

“I enjoy what I do,” he said. “I love the town of Derry and I want to be involved to do the best for Derry.”

Osborne wants the council job. He said high taxes should be on everyone’s mind when they head to the polls next month.

“I am concerned about where the Town Council is taking us,” he said.

Osbourne said he was disturbed to see so many empty storefronts in the downtown on his way to the forum Sunday. He said it’s getting too expensive to live and work in town.

Cardon has run for the council before and lost by only one vote the last time he tried. As a teacher, he said, he is organized and ready to do what is best for Derry taxpayers.

“Taxes are always going to be a problem in Derry and they are possibly going up again this year,” he said. “This is not acceptable to me.”

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