Meet the candidates: Peterborough candidates for contested Planning Board and Supervisor of the Checklist spots

  • Voting in Peterborough for the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Christopher Maidment is running for a three year term on Peterborough's Planning Board. Courtesy image—

  • Marlena Ferstenberg is running for a three-year position on Peterborough's Planning Board. Courtesy image—

  • Judy Wilson Ferstenberg is running for a six-year position as Supervisor of the Checklist in Peterborough. Courtesy image—

  • Andrew Dunbar is running for a three year term on the Peterborough Planning Board. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

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    Margaret "Peggy" Leedberg is running for a one-year term on the Peterborough Select Board. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • Carol Lenox is running for reelection as a Supervisor of the Checklist in Peterborough. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • Lisa Stone is running for a one year position on the Peterborough Planning Board. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • Ivy Vann File photo

Published: 7/8/2020 8:39:38 AM

Meet the candidates in Peterborough’s contested races for town positions. In-person voting is scheduled for July 14 at the Community Center or by absentee ballot right now. 

PeterboroughPlanning Board

(two three year terms)

Andrew Dunbar

Years living in town: 47

Previous or current elected office held:

Current: Recreation Committee, Chair; (term ends July 2020.) Past: Budget Committee, Chair; Street Lighting Committee; Master Plan Rewrite: Transportation and Traffic Sub-Committee, Co-chair; Historic District Commission.

Other qualifications:

Past Associate Member, NH American Institute of Architects. Past Head of drafting department for civil engineering company.

What are two issues you think are important and how would you address them?

Town Growth and Change: Respectfully listen to all residents’ concerns and respond with guidance that will do no harm to the unique and positive character of Peterborough.

Housing and Transportation. As Peterborough, as well as all of New Hampshire, becomes a more desirable place to live, more people will want to live here. Living in a rural state causes needs for public transportation to employment and affordable area housing. These two concerns need assistance at the state level to be adequately addressed.

Marlena Ferstenberg

Years living in town: 4 years, 5 months

Previous or current elected office held: None

Other qualifications: I have helped with renovations throughout my life, and have always been interested in community planning. I understand the importance of budgets when undertaking new projects, as I have managed my own while renovating a condo in town.

What are two issues you think are important and how would you address them?

The first issue would be community development. In planning new housing projects, it is important to keep in mind how they would affect the surrounding neighborhood. We want to foster a happy, healthy living environment, that invites everyone to participate. To do that, houses should be a reasonable distance apart, have enough distance from the street to allow people to walk around in their front yards, and enough parking to invite guests over.

Second, as a young person, I understand the struggles we face when trying to find housing. Most rents are incredibly expensive, and a lot of the more recent developments in town are out of budget. There is certainly a place for luxury housing, but it would be nice to have more inexpensive housing developments in town so that people could get on their feet.

Christopher Maidment

Years living in town: Three

Previous or current elected office held: Currently a Republican candidate for State Representative. Co-chair, Peterborough Republican Committee.

What are two issues you think are important and how would you address them? The planning board in 2019 approved several warrant articles that in my opinion, were deceptive, infringed on property rights and overstepped their authority. These actions have led to several lawsuits and great division in town. As a planning board member, I will always side with private property rights. It is not the proper role of the Board to dictate required appearances, style, designs, etc. The Board should not be acting as museum curators and must refrain from unreasonable interpretations of the enabling statute allowing for the Board to exist.

Ivy Vann*

Years living in town: 16

Previous or current elected office held: 10 years on planning board; Democratic state representative Hillsborough-24

Other qualifications: National Charrette Institute certified; Form-Based Code Institute certified; member American Planning Association.

What are two issues you think are important and how would you address them? For the past 40 years we have built almost exclusively large, single-family homes on large lots. While those are lovely homes they don’t meet the needs of all residents. According to the AARP, about 20% of households in the US are two-parent with children households; more than 50% are single person or two person households. Many people wish to live in walkable neighborhoods but we have made it very difficult to increase the supply of housing in those in-town neighborhoods. I would like to see Peterborough address this issue through serious consideration of exactly what we want and then correct our zoning to produce more of the missing middle housing such as cottage courts, small multi-family buildings, and accessory dwelling units both as new construction and retrofits of existing buildings. We need these units so that people for whom a big house on a big lot isn’t right can still call Peterborough home.

The second issue, which is related, is that the town has infrastructure that must be maintained; the more efficiently we use the infrastructure of streets, water, and sewer the better off the town is financially, now and into the future. More smaller lots in town on existing streets using our current water and sewer systems are a better bet financially for the town. Coincidentally, there is a sizable market for exactly those residences. More house-sized multi-family also meets both the demographic needs of those who do not wish to purchase a house and the financial needs of the town. I hope to help Peterborough make choices that will support both these things.

Planning Board

(one one-year term)

Margaret “Peggy”
Leedberg

Years living in town: Eight

Previous or current elected office held: I have been a full member of the ZBA since 2017 and was an alternate for two years prior.

Other qualifications: I have been an active member of the community since moving here: volunteer at the Wednesday night Community supper, coordinator of Sunday volunteers at the Library, and an active member of the Community Task Force on Housing.

What are two issues you think are important and how would you address them? The ZBA has found it beneficial to have a member on the Planning Board with knowledge about the zoning ordinance as well as knowledge about how the zoning ordinance is applied through the Planning Board.

Lisa Stone

Years living in town: Three

Previous or current elected office held: None

Other qualifications: I am on the Housing Task force, I have attended several NH Housing trainings on affordability, I am a realtor with Keller Williams and hold my Green Designation from the National Association of Realtors.

What are two issues you think are important and how would you address them?

In order to have a town that is full of employment opportunities, services, restaurants, artists, teachers, doctors and retirees, we need a diverse offering of housing and business. Affordability, land use, and creativity will empower our town to thrive. I believe this happens when we listen to all those affected and implement changes when needed, and always keeping an eye towards creative solutions.

What is going on in our town government needs to be transparent and accessible. I believe one of the residual benefits that has come out of the current medical crisis is that more accessibility has occurred for many by allowing view on the web meeting to happen in real time. I would encourage these options to stay when we are able to get back to typical business.

Supervisor of the Checklist

(one for six years)

Carol A. Lenox

Years living in town: Moved to Peterborough with my parents in 1974. Returned with my husband and children in 2004.

Previous or current elected office held: Supervisor of the Checklist for past eight years.

Other qualifications: Interim Town Clerk for 9 months in 2008.

What are two issues you think are important and how would you address them?

There are no issues or changes that can be implemented as a member of the Supervisors of the Checklist. The function of our commission is to follow the directions laid out by the Secretary of State. Our committee is an arm of the Town Clerk’s office and all meetings and elections are regulated by the Secretary of State’s guidelines. Our sessions for voter registrations, changes to the checklist and election scheduling are all at the direction of the State.

Judy Wilson Ferstenberg

Years living in town: Four

Previous or current elected office held: Currently a member of the Planning Board and I am running as a Democratic candidate for NH House of Representatives in the fall of 2020. Former co-chair of the Peterborough Republican Committee.

Other qualifications: Engineer with 40 years of experience evaluating and managing data, good with details and finding inconsistencies.

What are two issues you think are important and how would you address them? If we are going to have a mail-in election in the fall it is critical that the Supervisors of the Checklist are alert to any inconsistencies on the voter checklist. I’ve been told that the checklist is almost as big as the number of residents in town, so there is probably room for updating. I promise to help review the voter checklist with care and make sure that the election is fair and equitable for everyone.

Select Board

(one three-year seat)

Tyler Ward*

Budget Committee

(three three-year seats)

Robert “Bob” Lambert

Carl Mabbs-Zeno*

Ronnie McIntre*

Cemetery Trustee

(one three-year seat)

Charles “Peter” LaRoche*

Library Trustee

(two three-year seats)

Ronald Bowman*

Marcia Patten*

Recreation Committee

(one one-year seat)

Robert Fox

(two three-year seats)

Brendan D. Bohl

Katharine “Kate” Coon*

Trustee of the Trust Funds

(one three-year seat)

Russell H. Picard*

Zoning Boardof Adjustment

(one one-year seat)

Kevin L. Brace

(two three-year seats

Charles
“Peter” LaRoche*

Margaret
“Peggy” Leedberg*

(*incumbent)




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