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April 25, 2013

Five candidates in contest to fill two selectmen's seats

SALISBURY — Five candidates are running to fill two seats on the town’s five-member Board of Selectmen, and voters will make their choices at the election on Tuesday, when the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Profiles of each candidate are offered below.

Freeman Condon III

Age: 59

Address: Forest Road

Email: beachplumfarms@comcast.net

Years living year-round in Salisbury: 30

Occupation: owner of Beach Plum Farms Nursery and Garden Center

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University

Current/past offices held: Former Salisbury selectman, nine years; Planning Board, five years; member Town Charter Committee and Merrimack Valley Planning Commission; Chairman Economic Development Committee.

Do you support the bond override question on the ballot to build a new library? “I absolutely support the override because I believe libraries are one of the most important buildings a community can have. The present library is inadequate, and it would cost too much to renovate it and bring it up to code, including making it accessible to the handicapped.”

Reasons for running for office: “I’m running because public service was instilled in me as a youngster as an honorable thing to do. I was taught to give back to my community whenever I can.”

Ed Hunt

Age: 68

Address: CCC Road

Email: edhuntss@yahoo.in

Years living year-round in Salisbury: 68

Occupation: Retired former owner of family seafood business

Education: Graduate, Amesbury High School

Current/past offices held: Incumbent Salisbury selectman, 12 years; former member Salisbury Liquor Licensing Commission, three years; shellfish constable, 20 years.

Do you support the bond override question request on the ballot to build a new library? “I’m staying neutral on the override ballot question for the new library because I want the people to decide. But, if it passes on the ballot on April 30, I’ll support it on the Town Meeting floor on May 20.”

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