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April 18, 2013

Three seek two Manchester board seats

MANCHESTER — With deadlines past and all the papers returned, Manchester’s election ballot is targeted to include three candidates vying for two Board of Selectmen seats in Manchester.

With current selectmen Mary Hardwick and Susan Thorne announcing early on they would not seek re-election, School Committee member Ann Harrison, software engineer Eli Boling and Manchester Essex school DECA team volunteer Robert Hoff Jr., have all now collected the needed signatures and are seeking their seats.

Harrison has represented the town on the regional School Committee for nine years, before that she served on the Finance Committee.

The 63-year-old Tucks Point Road resident moved to Manchester with her family when she was about 13 and works as a software developer consultant for a variety of businesses. She has worked with her husband, who started a number of companies and has done on the financial side, working with a number of small businesses.

”The pressing issue right now is our infrastructure,” she said. “Our Department of Public Works and water facilities are in terrible shape.”

Harrison also said with low interest rates on loans, the town should start to examine long-term projects, if elected she would encourage the Finance Committee to look toward long term planning.

”It’s time the town took a serious look at what needs to be fixed in an organized way,” she said.

Harrison also said she would push for more transparency, keeping the website better updated with minutes and agendas of the various boards, committees and departments around town.

Boling also works as a software developer, working from home for a California based company.

The 48-year-old Pleasant Street resident has served on an ad-hoc committee that makes reconciliations and suggestions about emergency dispatch for about one year, he said.

Boling has lived in Manchester for about 11 years, he has since taken an active role in participating to School Committee and Board of Selectmen meetings.

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