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August 29, 2013

Londonderry's new leader settles in at town hall

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“I plan to do a lot of outreach in town,” he said.

That includes reaching out to potential business, developers, and the people who already work and live in Londonderry.

The town has a lot going for it, Smith said, from its prime location, small-town quality of life feel, and also a huge capacity for making big things happen.

Big things are already in the pipeline, including the proposed Woodmont Commons and future development on Pettengill Road.

There’s also the way the town makes people feel. More and more of his friends from high school and college are coming back to town to raise families here, Smith said.

“That says so much about this community,” he said. “It says a lot about the town.”

Smith said the first six months on the job will be a learning curve. He said he plans to meet with employees and hear their concerns and hopes for the town.

He has no larger political dreams now, other than to run his town the best he can.

Smith will also continue to enjoy his time being “the voice” of Londonderry High School home football games this fall. For about 20 years, he has shared time up in “the box,” doing announcer duties among a crew of longstanding sports supporters.

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