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May 10, 2013

Three seek two seats on Rowley Board of Selectmen

ROWLEY — Three candidates are running for two seats on the Board of Selectmen: incumbent G. Robert Merry of 40 Warehouse Lane, John Noyes of 71 Plantation Drive and David Petersen of 25 Newbury Road. The election will take place on Tuesday with voting from noon to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hall on Main Street.

G. Robert (Bob) Merry

Address: 40 Warehouse Lane

Age: 68

Education: Rowley elementary school, Haverhill High School, one year at Lowell University for electrical engineering

Years as a resident in town: Lifelong resident

Occupation: Retired from the Rowley Municipal Lighting Plant after 35 years of service

Past experience in town/school affairs: Since 1972, they include: cemetery commissioner, special police officer, assistant forest warden, cable TV committee, assistant wire inspector, Town Government Planning Committee, Board of Fire Engineers, DPW Consolidation Committee, Historical Commission, Rowley House Numbering Committee, Board of Selectmen, Library Building Committee, Community Preservation Committee, Historic District Commission, Bradstreet Land Use Committee and Zoning Review Committee.

Why do you seek a position as selectman? For the better part of the last 40 years, I have been actively involved in our town’s governance and have always fought for a responsible and effective town government. If re-elected to this position of selectman, I will continue this effort.

What would be your first goal on the board? I will continue to work and maintain the spirit of teamwork that has long been a hallmark of our community. Only by people working together and looking toward the future can we hope to achieve our goals that will work with and for the people of our town. My first goal will be to promote character — community — teamwork. Let’s work together to keep Rowley special.

Why should voters choose you? We live in a very special community, unique in its heritage and built on the strong character of its people. I am a candidate so that I may continue on the goal we have set in the area of cooperation among departments and fiscal responsibility. I want to bring my hard work and experience to the table for the important and difficult issues facing our town today and in the future.

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