, Derry, New Hampshire


March 7, 2013

Editorial: Derry, Londonderry voters head to the polls


Town Clerk Denise Neale is running for another three-year term. She faces former town councilor Janet Fairbanks.

In Londonderry, voters will consider school safety proposals on both the town and school ballots.

The school warrant includes a $170,000 spending plan to update security at all the district’s buildings. The plan would add a districtwide card access system, training and door monitoring and sensor systems. In addition, voters will be asked to approve the school’s proposed $66 million operating budget.

Also on the school warrant is a $4.5 million plan to pay for renovations and construction of buildings in the district, if and when they are needed.

There are no contested races for school-related posts. Incumbent School Board member John Laferriere is unopposed for a three-year term. Mary Wing-Soares is the only candidate for the three-year school district clerk job. John Conley seeks the school district treasurer job and Robert Sauer is running unopposed for the three-year school moderator term.

In the municipal election, voters will be asked to spend $101,000 to add another school resource officer. This measure is on the municipal ballot as the officer is part of the Police Department. The addition of a resource officer has the support of many town officials.

Voters will decide on a proposed $27.5 million town operating budget and other articles calling for $500,000 for a road maintenance fund and $290,000 for a zoning audit.

In the races for municipal offices only two — town clerk/tax collector and a two-year Budget Committee position — are contested. Incumbent town clerk Meg Seymour faces a challenge from Patti Hanley Maccabe. Gary Vermillion and Glenn Douglas are running for the Budget Committee position.

Incumbent Town Councilors John Farrell and Tom Dolan are unopposed for two three-year terms.

February’s deliberative sessions were disappointing with turnouts in both Derry and Londonderry below 1 percent. We urge voters is both communities to get out to the polls Tuesday.

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