By Alex Lippa
---- — HAMPSTEAD — Three newcomers are vying for two open seats on the town Budget Committee.
Stephen Londrigan, Chris Howe and Ann Howe are seeking three-year terms. None of the three candidates running have any elective experience.
:Name: Stephen Londrigan
Occupation: Marketing and business strategy consultant
What is the most important issue facing the Budget Committee? :The expansion of reserve funds along with contingency funds are resulting in the town holding larger amounts of funds and marginalizes the budget process.
Name: Chris Howe
What is the most important issue facing the Budget Committee?: I want to balance the needs of the community with the costs of providing services, and to save money for the taxpayer when possible.
Name: Ann Howe
Occupation: Risk and opportunity manager
:What is the most important issue facing the Budget Committee?: The current tough economic climate. Getting the most from each taxpayer dollar, for the benefit of the community, is the most challenging issue we face.