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February 20, 2013

Candidates questioned about commuter rail

PLAISTOW — The controversial issue of bringing the commuter rail into town was just one of several issues which was discussed at the board of library trustees’ Candidate’s Night last night.

Eleven candidates were on hand last night, including three running for two seats on the Board of Selectmen. Incumbent John Sherman and challengers Bruce Skofield and Joyce Ingerson were asked by the audience their thoughts on the possible expansion of the commuter rail into Plaistow.

“At this time, I don’t think we’re ready to look at what’s being proposed,” Ingerson said. “However, I do think it’s important to watch the studies and see what happens. We need to listen to the town and let them tell us what they think is right for the town.”

Skofield said he is skeptical of bringing the commuter rail into town.

“I think it needs a lot more review and I want to be on the board to go over this and be a part of that decision,” he said.

Sherman said he is in favor of studying all the options for bringing the commuter rail into town, but is wary about a layover station in Plaistow.

“We will see what the study produces but if the layover station turns out to be in Plaistow, it will be a difficult portion of the project to accept,” he said. “That might be a showstopper, if that turns out to be what the recommendation says.”

The three candidates also made their pitch for being the best person for the job.

Skofield said keeping people in Plaistow would be one of his major goals.

“I’d like to see Plaistow as a nice place for people who are retiring, but at the same time, keeping young people around so they can help us grow,” Skofield said.

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