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January 30, 2013

School board member seeks selectman's seat

MANCHESTER — Ann Harrison, who currently serves on the Manchester Essex Regional School Committee, is hoping to take one of two Board of Selectmen seats due to open up in May.

Harrison, who has held her position on the School Committee for nine years, said Tuesday that, with her three-year school board term coming to an end and two Selectmen seats opening up, the timing was right this year to run for a Selectmen seat.

Harrison is also stepping up to seek a selectmen’s post after the closest of School Committee elections in 2010. After a recount of the May election results in 2010, Harrison beat out fellow incumbent Morgan Evans for the slot, though the initial results showed Harrison trailed Evans 517-514. The recount showed that Harrison won the seat, 517-516.

Before the School Committee, Harrison served on the Finance Committee for six years, including as its chairman for three of them.

Harrison said her experience on the committees will give her a good insight as a selectman as well.

“I think, from the finance committee, I got to oversee a lot of activities in the town,” she said. “I have a fairly broad knowledge of town departments and how they work.”

Harrison noted that there are two things residents can work on; transparency in town government and respect for the many residents that serve on various boards and committees.

Linda Crosby, who also represents Manchester on the School Committee, is also facing a re-election run for her seat this year. So far, Crosby is the only one to take out the proper papers to serve on the School Committee and intends to maintain her post.

Harrison is also the only resident to take out and return election papers so far for the two open seats on the board of Selectmen after chairman Susan Thorne and Selectmen Mary Hardwick announced they would not be seeking re-election.

The deadline for filing nomination papers with the Town Clerk is Tuesday, April 2 at 5 p.m. and the Annual Town Election will be held in May. All candidates for any town offices must get 28 signatures of registered voters in order to win a place on the ballot.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com.

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