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October 26, 2012

Allen, Bartlett vie for House seat

NEWTON — Two longtime public servants are seeking election to Rockingham House District 15.

Five-term incumbent Mary Allen is looking to hold onto her seat for another term. The Republican is being challenged by Democrat Robert Bartlett. The election is Nov. 6.

Allen served on the House Finance Committee and the Finance Subcommittee during her last term. She was first elected in 2002. District 15 only represents Newton.

The two candidates have served their town in various elected positions over the years, including the Planning Board. Bartlett was also appointed to the Conservation Commission, serving as its chairman.

Both ran unopposed in the primary Sept. 11.

Mary Allen

Age: 82

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Retired

Elective office experience: State representative, Board of Selectmen, Planning Board

What do you plan to do if elected?: Keep representing the people by looking at every bill to ensure it’s a bill they want to live by. Every law is a loss of freedom.

Robert Bartlett

Age: 76

Political party: Democrat

Occupation: Retired

Elective office experience: Planning Board, School Board

What do you plan to do if elected?: I’ll strive to represent the interests of constituents, utilizing consensus and collaboration to promote effective problem solving. I’ll promote fact-based decision making over dogma.

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