Antrim Select Board

Economic development, wind top issues

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John Robertson*

Occupation: Retired insurance agent

Time in town: Resident of Antrim since 1978

Previously elected offices: Town offices held are selectman for three years, Trustee of Trust Funds for five years, and Budget Committee chair, one year.

Other qualifications: I have spent my adult lfe in leadership roles at the community, county and state levels. These include Chamber of Commerce, Fire Co. president, and School Board member while, living in New York State. Since moving to Antrim in 1978, I’ve been director and president of the Hillsboro County Fair, director Hillsborough County 4-H Foundation and president N.H. Fairs Association. In addition, I am a past president of the Antrim/Bennington Lions Club. I hold a B.S. degree in animal science from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Education degree from Colorado State University. I’ve also taken courses at Cornell and The Ohio State University.

What are two issues you feel are important and how do you plan to address them?

There are two issues I feel are critical to the futures of small towns. They are: The escalating costs of operating our towns and the economic development of our towns. Antrim is no exception.

The cost of doing business is escalating at least as fast as the rate of inflation. We must find more efficient methods of operating at all levels of government. We can no longer depend on aid from state and federal sources to support local infrastructure efforts. Directing our efforts toward local resources to accomplish these tasks will help to build a stronger community.

Economic development: Antrim has at least four vacant business locations. There are several businesses that are struggling. Through community efforts we can fill these voids. Coordinating efforts of community leaders and organizations we can bring new enterprise to the area and keep those we have.

We must shift the burden of the cost of education from the homeowner. Through positive well-managed economic development we can accomplish these goals.

The above issues are my priorities if re-elected.

Bob Holmes

Occupation: Retired postmaster

Time in town: Since 1988

Previously elected offices:

Other qualifications: I have served several terms on the Parks and Recreation Commission, served as a member of the Master Plan Committee in 2006, and after that served on the Capital Improvements Committee. Just recently I was one of the leaders for the Back Roads and Cellar Holes program. I also was on the staff of the first Limericks. During this entire period I have been active in the youth sports programs, either as a coach or official.

What are two issues you feel are important and how do you plan to address them?

For the past several years the issue that has been front and center has been the wind farm. Regardless of the decision that was rendered by the state, I was relieved and hoped that a divided town could now come together.

I am a proponent for renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. However I do not support the current warrant article on zoning.

As a selectman, I would like to form a committee to come up with guidelines for renewable energy in the town of Antrim. Then using these guidelines and the Master Plan, construct a zoning article that will protect each citizen of the town both current and future, while recognizing the need for renewable energy. The future generations await our actions.

If anyone would like to contact me about this or any other issue, I have an email exclusively for that purpose, I look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

Jeanne Plourde-Cahoon

Occupation: At-home mom

Time in town: About 15 years

Previously elected offices: Antrim budget committee

Other qualifications: I have an open mind, good listening and management skills, and a willingness to better things. I went from being a classroom mom, to one of the PTO presidents in AES. From there, I moved on to working in the class rooms on a daily basis.

What are two issues you feel are important and how do you plan to address them?

Many of you know me either from the school environment or from my working at the before and after school club! I may have had the pleasure of meeting you at one of my sons’ baseball games! If you don’t know me from these things, then perhaps I have enjoyed watching your children in my home.

My husband and I moved here after the birth of our first child because of the great sense of community! Working together has always been something that is important to me. I feel like everyone has something to give that would help make most situations just a little better.

Now that my kids are getting older and are more hands on building their own future, I feel this is a good time for me to have a more hands on experience securing my own.

I want to make sure that in the future, our town still emanates the sense of togetherness that drew us to Antrim. I would like to be in a position to hear issues the community members feel have an important impact on the town.

In paying close attention to the diversity that has come to make up our Antrim community, I am hoping to use my good listening skills, no nonsense attitude and open mind to help keep our town a place that our families want to be for generations.

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