, Derry, New Hampshire

January 31, 2013

Candidates sign up for town, school offices

By Julie Huss

---- — In seven years on the job, Derry Town Clerk Denise Neale has never been challenged for her job — until now.

Former town councilor Janet Fairbanks will run for the position in this year’s election.

Fairbanks is one of several residents already on the list for Derry’s open town positions.

People looking to be part of town government or make decisions about the area’s schools have until the end of the week to throw their name in the election ring. The filing period closes Friday at 5 p.m.

Right now, both Derry and Londonderry have open positions in key spots including town council and school board.

In Derry, some people get to Town Hall early on to sign up for whatever job they might like to have. Others keep officials guessing until the very last day at the very last minute.

Neale was still officially undecided earlier this week as to whether she wanted another term, but was leaning toward another run.

“It’s been a long time,” she said, “but don’t count me out yet.”

Derry also has open spots for District 2 councilor, District 4 councilor and a councilor-at-large position, all three-year terms.

Incumbent councilor-at-large Joel Olbricht already put his name in for another term. David Milz, incumbent District 2 councilor, will sign up later this week, Neale said.

Town Councilor Brian Chirichiello said he would not seek another District 4 council term.

Other open jobs are trustee of the trust fund, and both Derry Public and Taylor Library trustees.

In Londonderry, two incumbent town councilors, Tom Dolan and John Farrell, are also on the list for the two open spots.

Londonderry’s town clerk/tax collector Meg Seymour will also run for another three-year term at Town Hall.

In her 13 years on the job, she has been challenged only once before. She wants another term.

“I just love the challenge and working with people,” she said.

Both towns also have openings for school district jobs, including open school board positions.

Incumbent Derry School Board members Ken Linehan has decided to run again for one of the three open spots. Two other incumbents, Brenda Willis and Kevin Gordon, had not filed as of Monday.

“I believe I’ve played an important role in the management of the school, which has done extremely well over this period of time,” Linehan said.

Gordon has served 12 years on the Derry board and said he was also part of many great changes within the district.

In Londonderry, two three-year town council terms are up for grabs. Other open town jobs include Budget Committee, treasurer and Leach Library trustees.

Ted Combes is on the list for a shot at a three-year Budget Committee job. Incumbent treasurer Kathy Wagner also wants another term.

There is also one open Londonderry School Board job for three years. The incumbent is John Laferriere. Other open school jobs are school district clerk, moderator and treasurer, all for three-year terms.

Town and school district websites have all the information on filling for open positions and what jobs are available. The deadline to file is this Friday at 5 p.m.

Voters will elect both town and school officials at the polls on March 12.