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Derry council to welcome new faces

Union Leader Correspondent

March 26. 2013 12:18AM
Mark Osborne, left, and Tom Cardon will be sworn in at tonight's council meeting. (ADAM SWIFT PHOTO)

DERRY - Tonight will be a night of change for the Town Council, as three new council members will be sworn in.

Former Zoning Board of Adjustment member and longtime Derry resident Al Dimmock will be representing District 4. He replaces Brian Chirichiello, who decided not to run for re-election after serving on the council for nine years.

Although Chirichiello no longer serves on the council, he remains active in town affairs, serving as one of Derry's state representatives. He also recently launched a local political discussion program along with fellow state representative Jim Webb on Derry Community Television.

In District 2, Tom Cardon defeated one-term incumbent David Milz. Cardon had run for the Town Council previously, losing by a single vote.

In the at-large race, political newcomer Mark Osborne outpaced one-term incumbent Joel Olbricht by a nearly two-to-one margin. Osborne credited voter dissatisfaction with rising property tax rates as one of the major reasons for his decisive win, but Dimmock also credited Osborne with running an energetic campaign.

In addition to swearing in the new members, the council will also be electing officers and appointing a number of board representatives for the coming year.

Positions include council chairman, council chairman pro-tem, and representatives to the Conservation Commission, Planning Board, Heritage Commission, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Commission, Public Library Council and the School Board Council.

Of the seven current members of the Town Council, only Neal Wetherbee and current chairman Brad Benson have served more than one year.

The council meeting is scheduled to begin tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Derry Municipal Center.

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