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February 26, 2014

Three battle for Salem Budget Committee seats

Pietrantonio, Plante hope to be re-elected

SALEM — Two incumbents are looking to return to the Budget Committee.

Barry Pietrantonio and Steven Plante seek election to two three-year seats up for grabs in the election March 11.

They are running against Shannon Bettencourt, who is making her first run for elective office.

Pietrantonio has been on the committee since 2011. Plante was elected last year to fill the three-year seat vacated by Patrick McDougall, who resigned after his arrest on criminal charges.

Plante defeated incumbent Russell Frydryck, who served on the committee for four years, including two as chairman.

Name: Shannon Bettencourt

Age: 29

Occupation: Executive recruiting coordinator

Incumbent: No

Elective office experience: None

What is the most important issue facing the Budget Committee? The town must make budget decisions the way families do —fulfill commitments, but set priorities as to not spend more money than we take in.

Name: Steven Plante

Age: 34

Occupation: Senior commercial underwriter

Incumbent: Yes

Elective office experience: Budget Committee

What is the most important issue facing the Budget Committee? I feeI the expenses the town faces over the next 10 years are going to be very difficult between employee costs, i.e. medical insurance, and retirement costs.

Name: Barry Pietrantonio

Age: 50

Occupation: Accountant

Incumbent: Yes

Elective office experience: Budget Committee

What is the most important issue facing the Budget Committee? The most important thing is the services the town provides, including infrastructure, police, fire, education, water and sewer.

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