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February 27, 2014

Four candidates seek two seats on Windham Planning Board

WINDHAM — Development and long-range planning are issues in this year’s Planning Board race.

Windham voters will elect two board members from a field of four candidates in the town election on March 11.

Incumbent Margaret Crisler is seeking re-election. Other candidates include business consultant Tracey Partington and two men with experience in real estate, Paul Gosselin and Daniel Rosa.

Jonathan Sycamore is stepping down from the board.

Crisler, a former selectman and state representative, said the most important issue facing the board is generating commercial development without negatively affecting property values.

Gosselin shares that concern. He said the big issue before the board is balancing residential and commercial development.

Partington is emphasizing the importance of the long-range future of the town through development of a new master plan.

Rosa is pledging an objective look at whatever issues arise before the board.

Planning Board member Vanessa Nysten also is on the ballot, unopposed for a one-year term on the board.

Voters will have a chance to question candidates during the annual Candidates Night, hosted by the Woman’s Club, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall.

Margaret McKee Crisler

Age: 73

Incumbent: Yes

Occupation: Retired

Elective experience: Planning Board, selectman, state representative

What is the single most important issue facing the Planning Board? Promoting tax positive commercial growth in town without compromising residential property values.

Paul R. Gosselin

Age: 43

Incumbent: No

Occupation: Commercial real estate

Elective experience: None

What is the single most important issue facing the Planning Board? The key issue facing the Planning Board is balancing residential and commercial development in town.

Tracey M. Partington

Age: 40

Incumbent: No

Occupation: Business development, biopharmaceutical industry

Elective experience: None

What is the single most important issue facing the Planning Board? Revising Windham’s master plan this year for the 2015 ballot to meet the town’s and voters needs for the next 10 years.

Daniel Rosa

Age: 41

Incumbent: No

Occupation: Owner/broker of RE/MAX Platinum Realty

What is the single most important issue facing the Planning Board? I’m willing to look at all issues objectively and help do what’s in the best interest of all involved.

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