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March 6, 2013

Six vie for seat on Seabrook Board of Selectmen


Paul Knowles

Age: 43

Address: Bigs Lane


Education: GED

Occupation: Retired as custodian due to disability

Political offices held: Appointed member of the Budget Committee for a year.

Improving transparency in town government: “I would keep government open by discussing things in a public meeting format whenever possible and go from there. I watched my father when he was selectman and I’ll be honest and open with the people.

Reason for running: “I’m a life-long resident of the town and want to help the town, as my father did when he was selectman.”

Eric Small

Age: 63

Address: Walton Road


Education: Graduate WHS, bachelor’s degree from Union College; master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University

Occupation: Retired 26-year veteran as Hampton Falls town administrator; previously, administrator in Seabrook for three years.

Political offices held: Seabrook Library Board of Trustees for 28 years; Seabrook selectmen, three years; Budget Committee, six years; Planning Board, three years.

Improving transparency in town government: “I would enforce the state’s Right-to-Know law, and when we do that, everything falls into place and there will be transparency. It’s as easy as that.”

Reason for running: “I’ve been a town administrator for more than 20 years, and I’d like to give that experience back to the town. I’d like to make that contribution to the town, as I have with my other volunteer work, like being president of the Seabrook Historical Society.”

Ray Smith

Age: 67

Address: Norman Road


Education: Graduate WHS; bachelor’s degree, University of New Hampshire; master’s degree, Cambridge University

Occupation: Retired after 34 years teaching math and social studies in Seabrook School District..

Political offices held: No previous elected political offices.

Improving transparency in town government: “I would use a straight-forward approach to government. I’d listen to all parties, and then explain to the people why decisions are made.”

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