NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

April 25, 2013

Five candidates in contest to fill two selectmen's seats

By Angeljean Chiaramida
STAFF WRITER

---- — 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.”

Reasons for running for office: “I’m running because I still care about my town. And I feel I still have the energy to provide quality service to the people of Salisbury.”

Ronald Laffely

Age: 59

Address: Lafayette Road (business)

Email: design@fulcrumarchitects.com

Years living year-round in Salisbury: 32

Occupation: Architect/owner of Fulcrum Architects

Education: Bachelor’s from Boston Architectural College

Current/past offices held: None

Do you support the bond override question request on the ballot to build a new library? “Yes, I support the override for the library, but that’s a qualified ‘yes’ because I need to know more about the cost of the project, such as future operating and maintenance costs of running a larger library. But I do believe public buildings like libraries provide a safe haven for people and also provide them the tools they need to have.”

Reasons for running for office: “I’m running to move the town forward and to build support between the town department heads.”

Paula Moore

Age: 62

Address: North End Boulevard

Email: paula@paulamoore.net

Years living year-round in Salisbury: Three

Occupation: owner/manager of Travel Anywhere

Education: Master’s degree from University of Phoenix

Current/past offices held: None

Do you support the bond override question request on the ballot to build a new library? “I don’t support the override question for the new library because I can’t speak for other people. I don’t think we have enough information yet, but it has to be up to the voters to decide.”

Reasons for running for office: “I’m running for office because I don’t like it when people run unopposed, as has happened in Salisbury in the past. And I’m running for a more fair sewer rate system.”

Thomas Saab

Age: 59

Address: North End Boulevard

Email: info@tomsaab.com

Years living year-round in Salisbury: Two

Occupation: Owner/broker of Tom Saab Real Estate

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Boston State College, (currently UMass Boston).

Current/past offices held: Chairman of school committee for N.H. Christian School (Salem)

Do you support the bond override request on the ballot needed to build a new library? “At first I wasn’t in favor of (building the new library), but after doing my research and my recent tour of the library, I’m convinced more than ever that it’s the right way to go. The idea of this needs to go forward.”

Reasons for running for office: “I’m running for office because I would like to see things change in Salisbury, and change for the good. I would like to see more compassion, sensitivity and respect coming from town leaders and town board members.”