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New Hampshire

March 4, 2013

Two seek Derry town clerk's job

DERRY — Town Clerk Denise Neale has been on the job for seven years. Next week, she faces a challenger in her bid for re-election to a three-year term.

Former town councilor Janet Fairbanks hopes to oust Neale.

"(This office) is a critical component of our town government," she said.

Fairbanks cited her years of bookkeeping experience and her experience on the Town Council as good reasons to vote for her.

But Neale said wants to continue to do a careful and efficient job.

Name: Denise Neale

Age: 55

Occupation: Town clerk

Incumbent: Yes

Elective experience: Derry town clerk

What is the town clerk's biggest priority? Keeping up to date with legislative bills affecting the town clerk's process like ever-changing laws; continue with creating a more organized, efficient records system.

Name: Janet Fairbanks

Age: 54

Occupation: Bookkeeper

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: Town councilor

What is the town clerk's biggest priority? There are many duties performed by a town clerk; the main duty is to preserve, maintain town records. I am very experienced at recordkeeping.

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