EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 26, 2012

Fourteen hopefuls vie for 10 Derry House seats


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — DERRY — Fourteen candidates square off for 10 slots on the November ballot for District 6 state representative.

The field includes seven Republicans incumbents, three GOP newcomers and four Democrats.

David Thompson did not provide a photograph.

Robert Fesh

Age: 75

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired restaurateur

Incumbent: Yes

Elective experience: State representative, Derry Charter Commission

What do you plan to do if elected?: Serve the people with good common sense, fiscal responsibility, more and better jobs, a quality education, affordable medical care, safety, keep taxes and regulations limited.

Beverly Ferrante

Age: 67

Party: Republican

Occupation: Director of Derry Farmers Market

Incumbent: Yes

Elective experience: State representative, Derry Town Council

What do you plan to do if elected?: Continue to protect New Hampshire advantage, control state spending, lower taxes on families and small business, support fiscal responsibility and limited government, protect constitutional rights.

Brian Chirichiello

Age: 50

Party: Republican

Occupation: Real estate agent

Incumbent: Yes

Elective experience: State representative, Derry Town Council

What do you plan to do if elected? To create jobs, cut taxes and protect the educational funding for Derry.

Christian Bright

Age: 37

Party: Republican

Occupation: Director, government division for Philips Healthcare

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: None

What do you plan to do if elected?: To work with both Republicans and Democrats to find ways to generate more revenue for the state without raising taxes; create jobs.

David Thompson

Age: 62

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: None

What do you plan to do if elected?: To improve the quality of life for New Hampshire residents especially the elderly and disabled.

James Webb

Age: 54

Party: Republican

Occupation: Instrumentation/electrical technician

Incumbent: Yes

Elective experience: State representative, Trustee of Trust Funds

What do you plan to do if elected? Continue work on the state’s budget; attract business, and continue to lower the taxes/fees put in place by the previous Democratic controlled legislators.

Kevin Reichard

Age: 52

Party: Republican

Occupation: Test engineering technician

Incumbent: Yes

Elective experience: State representative

What do you plan to do if elected? Reduce taxes and fees, limit the size of government so a free market economy can prosper; defend the rights to life, liberty, property, family values.

Frank Sapareto

Age: 52

Party: Republican

Occupation: Registered investment advisor

Incumbent: Yes

Elective experience: State representative, Derry Charter Commission

What do you plan to do if elected?: Lower property taxes by fixing inequities for Derry; protect individual rights and freedoms; promote checks and balances in law enforcement to protect taxpayers and individuals.

John O’Connor

Age: 63

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired director of operations

Incumbent: Yes

Elective experience: State representative, Derry Charter Commission

What do you plan to do if elected? Continue to work with partisan business coalition group on reducing tax and regulatory burden on New Hampshire businesses; work with business in matching education outcomes.

David Milz

Age: 63

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired, airline industry

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: Derry Town Council, East Derry fire district commissioner

What do you plan to do if elected?: Put Derry first in all state matters. Approach every problem with “What is best solution for the state? How will this better my town?”

Mary Till

Age: 67

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Retired mechanical engineer

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: None

What do you plan to do if elected? Vote for Teri Norelli for Speaker, support her agenda to return civility to the House; strengthen the committee process; get New Hampshire back to work.

Elizabeth Burtis

Age: 50

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Manager of a nonprofit workforce development program

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: Trustee of Trust Funds

What do you plan to do if elected? I want to help create an environment in New Hampshire that is business friendly and still cares for our most vulnerable citizens.

Bobby Jones

Age: 45

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Communications supervisor

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: None

What do you plan to do if elected? To restore common sense to the Statehouse, bridging the gap across the aisle and doing what’s in the best interest of Derry.

Nick Arancio

Age: 42

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Information technology

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: None

What do you plan to do if elected? Making government work, specifically, in the housing market there is a need for justice.