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Londonderry teen tapped for budget committee vacancy

Union Leader Correspondent

October 04. 2017 10:12PM

LONDONDERRY — The Londonderry Town Council this week appointed 19-year-old Duncan M. Campbell to serve on the budget committee, selecting the teenager over three other candidates.

Campbell, an Eagle Scout and 2016 graduate of Londonderry High School, said he has a keen interest in local politics and would like to pursue public office in town, and potentially at the state level.

“I like to consider myself a relatively intelligent young man, I think some would agree,” he told the council. “I have a pretty good idea of what’s going on in town. My mother is a clerk, Christie Campbell, so I have a decent inside view of what’s going on in the town and would like to participate.”

The council voted 4-1 to appoint Campbell to the committee. He will be swore-in this week.

During his confirmation address, Campbell said he feels the school is receiving a good amount of funding and, as a recent graduate, noted everything seems to run smoothly. He also said the police and fire departments are well-funded for municipal needs.

Campbell initially ran for a one-year budget committee seat on Town Meeting Day in March, but lost to Kristen Hildonen, 1,098-713, according to the unofficial town election results.

But with a vacancy on the board, Campbell went before the town council to seek an appointment to fill out an expiring term that ends in March 2018.

The committee’s next meeting is Oct. 26.

John Farrell, the council vice-chairman, praised Campbell for getting involved in local government.

“I think it takes a lot of guts to step up and run for office, even when you’re older, it’s hard to run for office. And when somebody runs and only loses by a small amount of votes, I think you need to give that person a chance,” said Farrell, who made the motion to appoint Campbell to the budget committee.

Farrell said while the other three candidates for the opening may have more experience, the council has complained in the past there are not enough younger residents seeking these positions in town.

Council Chairman Tom Dolan said volunteers are the backbone of town government and he thanked all four candidates for stepping up for the appointment.

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