EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 26, 2012

Twelve vie for seven House seats in Londonderry

Packed ballot

By James Niedzinski jniedzinski@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LONDONDERRY — With seven Republican candidates and five Democrats, the ballot for state Representative in District 5 is packed.

Seven of the 12 candidates — seven Republicans and five Democrats — will be elected Nov. 6

Democratic candidates Miranda Fairbrother and Gary Vermillion did not respond to requests for interviews; Edward Combes did not provide a photograph.

Frank R. Emiro

Age: 67

Incumbent: Yes

Party: Republican

Elective experience: State representative

Occupation: Retired

What would you plan to do if elected?: Insure the rights, protection and equality, of the people of New Hampshire. Work to bring industry, rail service and modernize our highways.

Sherman Packard

Age: 63

Incumbent: Yes

Party: Republican

Elective experience: State Representative, Chairman of House Transportation Committee

Occupation: Small business owner

What would you plan to do if elected?: Create a balanced state budget, continue policies that create new jobs and continue working to fix the infrastructure to make our roads safer.

Betsy McKinney

Age: 73

Incumbent: Yes

Party: Republican

Elective experience: State Representative, Londonderry Budget Committee, Londonderry Treasurer

Occupation: Retired

What would you plan to do if elected?: Pay attention to the budget and revenue reports, as well as rollback downshifts.

Al Baldasaro

Age: 55

Incumbent: Yes

Party: Republican

Elective experience: State representative

Occupation: Retired U.S. Marine

What would you plan to do if elected?: Protect local and county property taxpayers, determine to increase transparency, open government and continue to block the state from implementing Obamacare exchanges.

Daniel Tamburello

Age: 37

Incumbent: Yes

Party: Republican

Elective experience: State representative

Occupation: Systems engineer

What would you plan to do if elected?: I will preserve the New Hampshire advantage and attract new businesses to the state, pass right to work and keep the budget balanced without raising taxes or fees.

Robert Introne

Age: 70

Incumbent: Yes

Party: Republican

Elective Experience: State representative

Occupation: Retired, U.S. Air Force

What would you plan to do if elected?: No new taxes, reduce spending, reduce government, balance the budget, and do whatever we can to take care of small business in particular.

David Lundgren

Age: 60

Incumbent: Yes

Party: Republican

Elective Experience: State representative

Occupation: Chiropractor

What would you plan to do if elected?: I would like to try to be an avenue between both parties to hopefully be able to have them work together

Bryan Merrill

Age: 19

Occupation: Political science researcher and analyst

Elective experience: None

Incumbent: No

Party: Democrat

What would you plan to do if elected?: I will improve the economy, attract businesses, mitigate downshifting and taxes, and ameliorate the budget deficit, as well as support public and higher education.

Lisa Whittemore

Age: 65

Occupation: Clerical administrator

Incumbent: No

Party: Democrat

Elective experience: Londonderry School Board, Budget Committee

What do you plan to do if elected?: I will serve as a moderate Londonderry representative, advocating for our people and our community, seeking consensus with others who work toward the best solution.

Edward Combes

Age: 26

Incumbent: No

Elective Experience: None

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Grad student, real estate, merchandising

What would you plan to do if elected?: I would try to get back funding for public schools and the university system, the education in New Hampshire is the way to move forward.