As voting season for Derry’s elected officials draws closer, the town and school board have established their finalized list of candidates for their currently available positions.
A two year term as town moderator is available. The moderator is chiefly responsible for the election process, filing a certification of election with Town Clerk to indicate the number of votes received by each candidate. Incumbent Mary Till will be reapplying for the position and going up against Kevin Coyle.
Two three year positions on the Town Council are also available, one for a Councilor-At-Large position and one to be a Council Representative for District #1 in Derry. As the town’s legislative and governing body, members of the council hold a wide variety of responsibilities, including discussing and voting on a variety of resolutions for the town, listening to concerns from residents during public forums and working closely with town staff to determine the state of their numerous departments and their roles, just to name a few roles. While Incumbent Richard Tripp will be running unopposed for the District 1 position, Phyllis Katsakiores, also an incumbent, will be defending her Councilor-At-Large position against Planning Board Chair David Granese.
A six year position for the role of Supervisor of the Checklist is available. In this role, the supervisor is tasked with determining if a resident is legally qualified to vote and updating the checklist of registered voters if so. The supervisor must also make changes and corrections to a voter’s name, address and party affiliation when applicable, as well as remove voters no longer eligible to vote in Derry. Incumbent Patricia Dowling will be running unopposed.
Five trustee positions are available. As a trustee, one’s duty is to direct the funds and policies of the area that said position is identified with, preserving capital and other functions as they see fit. Amongst the five positions are a three year term as the Trustee of Trust Funds for the town, with Jeffrey Moulton and David Pouliot running for the position, one three year term as a Taylor Library Trustee, which Raymond Fontaine is running for unopposed, and three terms for positions for Derry Public Library Trustees, two of which last three years, which are being pursued by Armand “Pete” Marcotte and Kristen Mari , and one which lasts two years, which Heather Paradzick is running for unopposed.
Finally, two three year terms on the Londonderry School Board are available. The school boards roles include overseeing all aspects of the school, its staff and policy framework and strategies. Incumbents Erika Cohan and Michelle McKinnon will be running up against Matt Leavitt. Furthermore, the school board’s own moderator position is also up for grabs, but incumbent Kevin Gordon will be running for the position unopposed.
Voting will take place from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on March 13.