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May 10, 2013

Three vie for one seat on Municipal Light Board

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Why do you seek a position on the town’s light board? One reason: I feel that more people of my generation need to step up and take care of our communities. Too often it seems that no one is willing to step up and take a swing at municipal office, and we are left with a pool of perennial candidates. My knowledge of the public power industry gives me a skill set that residents can benefit from.

What would be your first goal on the board? I don’t have a singular goal to promote. The current general manager has reduced the Purchased Power Agreement rate since being hired, resulting in savings for residents. There are some issues that do need to be resolved, such as the future of the Daniels Road property owned by the RMLD, some financial discrepancies during the tenure of the previous general managers and contract negotiations with a proposed solar generation facility in town. I would like to see a return to commission meetings being held at an appropriate time so that residents may attend.

Why should voters choose you? Two reasons: First, I’m a newcomer to the political field here, which is a plus in my opinion. As a commissioner I would be the elected voice for the residents of Rowley. Secondly, my background in the Municipal Electric Utilities gives me specialized knowledge regarding how the RMLP, or any other municipal utility, should be operated.

Bob Snow

Address: 7 Saunders Lane

Age: 63

Education: Bachelor’s degree in management from Lesley University

Years as a resident in town: 14

Occupation: Retired/selectman, 40 years telecommunications/engineering and management; veteran - U.S.M.C

Past experience in town/school affairs: Chairman Board of Selectmen (2010 to present); selectmen (2008-2010); clerk and vice chair; Planning Board (2006-2008) both alternate and elected; treasurer for the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (2006-present)

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