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Candidate profiles: New Ipswich Select Board

John Veeser

Occupation: Field Supervisor; Café Services Inc.

Time living in town: Moved to New Ipswich in 1999

Previously elected offices: None

Other qualifications: Bachelors of Science in Hotel Restaurant Administration; 26 years management experience; 10 years in banking and loan management.

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

1. As a town we need to look at our budgets and decide what impacts the town as a whole the most. There are so many small line items within line items in a town budget that we, as tax payers, nickel and dime ourselves into tax increases. In times such as these, each and every household has had to make tough decisions as to what we feel are the most important items to keep in our personal budgets. As a town, it may very well be time to make some unpopular decisions and cut money from the budget of our town and yearly warrant articles in order to be responsible fiscal agents for New Ipswich.

2. I have to admit the second item that I feel is important is more of a soapbox issue and I wish I had a quick-fix answer for it. In a town the size of New Ipswich each and every vote can truly make a difference. When I see turnouts at the polls of only 25 to 30 percent I feel we are failing our children and the future of our town. When a deliberative session is attended by roughly 75 to 100 people, it gives such a minority a huge amount of influence over our town’s governance. I will do all I can to increase the voter’s understanding of the power they are given to guide our town and how using that power to its fullest can truly influence change. Ghandi once said,” Be the change you want to see in the world.” We can all be that change.

George H. Lawrence

Occupation: Retired

Time living in town: 50-plus years

Previously elected offices: Has served as a selectman for about 35 years. Has served on many committees and groups.

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

1). The most critical issue I feel is to maintain and provide adequate roads for our town. I will continue to address this issue by supporting funding as I always have in a fiscally and responsible manner. The citizens of New Ipswich deserve this from their elected officials.

2) My other chief concern is the economic factors at present. Many people (taxpayers) can’t pay their taxes as they have in the past. The town budget requested this year is higher and our revenues will be lower. I, as a selectman, can work with the default budget if that is what the voters want. I have done it many times in the past. Anyone can contact me at 878-2889 with questions.

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