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March 7, 2014

Three compete for Sandown Planning Board seats

Two incumbents face challenger

SANDOWN — Three candidates are seeking two seats on the Planning Board.

Incumbents Mark Traeger and Matthew Brown face a challenge from Douglas Martin, a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The election is Tuesday.

Traeger, the current chairman, said he wants one of the two three-year seats after serving on the board for nearly six years.

He has also spent 12 years on the Conservation Commission and serves on the Rockingham Planning Commission.

Brown could not be reached for an interview.

Martin said he would like to join the Planning Board after spending 10 years on the zoning board. He has also been a member of the Sandown Historical Society for 10 years, including seven years as president.

Voting is at Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Douglas Martin

Age: 57

Occupation: Real estate agent, auctioneer

Incumbent: No

Elective office experience: None

What is the most important issue facing the Planning Board? Clarifying regulations so they are easier to understand if people want a home business. Protecting the environment and infrastructure while following the master plan.

Mark Traeger

Age: 56

Occupation: Sales management

Incumbent: Yes

Elective office experience: Planning Board

What is the most important issue facing the Planning Board? Refining zoning ordinances so people who want to develop their property know what’s facing them. Enhancing our business district to attract businesses and refining home business ordinances.

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