Derry voters to face tough choices on March ballot
DERRY - This year's town election season looks to be a busy one in Derry.
Voters on Tuesday, March 12, will have their say on the school budget, several ballot questions and a number of contested town races.
On the town side, two of the three town council races will be contested. For the at-large seat, incumbent Joel Olbricht is facing a challenge from Mark Osborne.
In District 2, incumbent David Milz is being challenged by Tom Cardon.
In District 4, Albert Dimmock is the only candidate on the ballot looking to succeed Brian Chirichiello, the current councilor who decided not to run for re-election.
Dimmock serves on the town's zoning board of adjustment and highway safety committee and is also a familiar sight at town council meetings, where he often makes the most of the public discussion portions of the meeting.
Another familiar face in town politics, former councilor Janet Fairbanks, is running for town clerk against incumbent Denise Neale.
Former councilor Kevin Fairbanks was the only candidate to take out papers to run for a position as trustee of trust funds.
There are three candidates for two positions for Derry Public Library trustee: Elizabeth Ives, Joan Crimlisk and James Thomas.
Likewise, there are three candidates for two positions as trustees for the Taylor Library: Candace Andrew, Ed Ciancio and Kim Burke.
There will also be six town charter amendments on the ballot. This is the third round of charter amendments on the ballot in the last year.
On the school side of the ballot, four candidates are running for three seats on the school board. Incumbents Brenda Willis and Ken Linehan are running for re-election, while Kevin Gordon is stepping down after a dozen years on the board.
Joining Willis and Linehan on the ballot are Melanie Davis and Jeri Murphy.
Voters will also have their say on the $81,903,691 school budget. At the school district deliberative session on Saturday morning, voters successfully amended the school board budget by $800,000 in the hopes of adding cut positions back to the district.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12. Districts 1 and 3 will vote at Hackler Gymnasium at Pinkerton Academy, District 2 at Cavalry Baptist Church, and District 4 at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School.