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April 25, 2013

Bear faces challenge from Doyle for selectman's seat

NEWBURY — Incumbent Chuck Bear is being challenged by former selectman Michael Doyle in his bid to retain a seat on the Board of Selectmen at Tuesday’s town election. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Precinct 1 votes at the Newbury Fire Station, 3 Morgan Ave; Precinct 2 at the Town Library, O Lunt St.

Other contested races on the ballot are between David Balkus and Charles Alan Colby Jr., constable, 1-year unexpired term; David A. Elwell, H. Russell Iwanowicz and Jeffrey “Clamma” Janvrin, fish commissioner, 1-year unexpired term; and David J. Powell and Mary E. Chick, Planning Board, 5-year term. There is no candidate on the ballot for a 2-year unexpired term for Trustee First Settlers Burial Ground.

Both selectmen’s candidates provided their answers to the following questions pertaining to recent issues in town:

Charles ‘Chuck’ Bear

Address: 95 Main St.

Age: 60

Occupation: self-employed welder

Education: Triton Regional High School

Residency: 58 years

Public service: Selectman, 2004-2006 and 2010-2013; Fire Department, 33 years; EMT, 20 years; constable, 14 years; chairman of the Land Use Committee; chair of the Triad Council on Aging, 7 years; Trustee of the South Byfield Cemetery Commission, 7 years; Recreation Committee

How would you address the tensions in town between the need for development and the desire for agricultural/historical preservation?

Paying for town services without changing the essence of the town is a delicate balancing act. Maintaining the special permitting process allows for public hearings to garner input from residents on proposed development projects. These opinions help selectmen shape projects to better reflect these views. Regarding a proposed solar panel farm on Scotland Road, “I have no choice but to vote yes, though I would like to vote no.”

What should the town’s role be in dealing with the beach erosion on Plum Island and other issues with the Great Marsh?

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