Three hopefuls representing the local area are vying for the top GOP vote count for a Rockingham County commissioner job in District 3.

Derry residents Brian Chirichiello and Janet Fairbanks face off against Windham's Bruce Breton for the Republican win in the Sept. 8 primary election to advance to the general election in November.

Democrat Stephen D'Angelo is running unchallenged and will advance to the November ballot.

Chirichiello is currently serving as a Derry town councilor and is also a state representative for Derry's District 6. Fairbanks is a former Derry town councilor. Breton currently serves on the Windham Board of Selectmen.

District 3 represents the towns of Derry, Londonderry, Windham, Auburn, Chester, Candia, Deerfield, Nottingham and Northwood.

Bruce Breton

Age: 60

Occupation: Consultant

Family: Wife Marcia

Elected experience: Six terms and former chairman of the Windham Board of Selectmen; Planning Board; also positions on Zoning Board of Adjustment, Conservation Commission, Windham Economic Development Committee and chairman of the board of the Southeastern New Hampshire Hazardous Materials Mutual Aid District's membership, comprised of 14 communities.

Why are you seeking a job as county commissioner?

Through my broad range of experience, I have acquired a deep working knowledge of the functions of our local governments, an appreciation for the responsibilities to the people they serve, and an understanding of the unique challenges Rockingham County faces. By listening to the residents, our public employees and business owners, as well as boards in surrounding towns, I have learned what works in our government. I seek to serve out of a simple desire to make the county an even more wonderful place to live.

What are the key issues facing the county you hope to address if elected?

As a commissioner, I will foster transparency, and will be a strong advocate for decisions that are in the best interest of Rockingham County. I will always approach fiscal responsibility with intelligence and discipline. I will work to foster a rich, creative and innovative environment for our county government. I will apply my passion and dedication to help create a plan for the county that leads us soundly into the future.

Brian Chirichiello

Age: 58

Occupation: Realtor

Family: Wife Patricia, two daughters, Karissa and Amy

Elected experience: Five terms as Derry town councilor, two-time chairman; five terms as Derry state representative; 10 years on Rockingham County Delegation; six years as executive board member.

Why are you seeking a job as county commissioner?

I feel my experience as an executive board member of the county delegation for the last six years has given me the experience necessary to run for the elected position as Rockingham County Commissioner.

What are the key issues facing the county you hope to address if elected?

I have worked with all the department heads and have experience in the $86 million budget of the county. I will be able to apply my town, state and county experience for the benefit of our county and will be able to get to work on day one.

Unlike my opponents who I have not seen at any county meeting in the six years I've been there, I have a full understanding of the duties of the office and the expectations that go with the position. I also have created great friendships with many state representatives who will also be county delegates and this will help foster a great relationship to get the job done in a professional manner. I have also worked alongside the current commissioners in crafting a budget.

I would like to make suggested changes should I be elected. One would be the way they record meeting minutes. They are very difficult to find for the average citizen. I would also request to go over all sealed minutes at the end of the year to see which can be open for public viewing.

Janet Fairbanks

Age: 61

Occupation: Bookkeeper, experience with payroll/human resources for more than 20 years

Family: Husband Michael, two children Justin and Jennifer

Elected experience: Six years as Derry town councilor

Why are you seeking a job as county commissioner?

My understanding is that there was a proposal to erect a $50-plus million new complex that would include offices for sheriff and county attorney. I am not in favor of that. Just the fact that they (they can) propose it while so many people are out of work. I'm looking to level fund, keep taxes where they are at, or lower, if possible.

What are the key issues facing the county you hope to address if elected?

The new complex proposal, it's a specific reason for my running.

 

 

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