EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 22, 2012

Four Pelham residents run for House seats

By John Toole jtoole@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — PELHAM — Four candidates from Pelham are seeking to represent the town in the New Hampshire House.

Two are Democrats: Hal Lynde and Ann Clark-Balcom. Two are Republicans: Charlene Takesian and Patrick “Paddy” Culbert.

Takesian and Lynde are married.

They are part of a 22-candidate field in the district that represents Pelham and Hudson.

The Hudson Republicans are Lars T. Christiansen, Bob Haefner, Shawn N. Jasper, Richard D. LeVasseur, Kevin T. McGuire, Lynne Ober, Russell T. Ober III, Andy Renzullo and Jordan Ulery.

The Hudson Democrats are James Battis, Jim Caron, Ralph Fairbanks, John Knowles, MaryAnn Knowles, Vivian L. McGuire, Jeremy Muller, Stuart Schneiderman and J. Alejandro Urrutia.

Here is a look at the Pelham candidates.

Name: Ann Clark-Balcom (Did not respond).

Name: Patrick “Paddy” Culbert

Party: Republican

Age: 64

Occupation: Retired

Elective office experience: N.H. House, Planning Board

What I would do if elected: Champion the disabled and the elderly, brain injuries and stroke victims. As we age, we need a comprehensive healthcare system that works.

Name: Hal Lynde

Party: Democrat

Age: 76

Occupation: Electrical engineering consultant

Elective offices held: N.H. House, eight years; selectman, 25 years; Budget Committee, 8 years

Name: Charlene Takesian

Party: Republican

Age: 65

Occupation: Software and accounting consultant

Elective office experience: Town treasurer, 30 years

What I would do if elected: Continue the Republican financial agenda, which is cutting spending and lowering excess fees, making sure spending cuts are not passed down to the local level.