By Doug Ireland
---- — SALEM — Two candidates are running for a three-year seat on the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Current alternate John Manning Jr. will face off against Arthur Nobrega in the election March 12.
Manning, who served as a state representative for four years, wants a regular seat on the board. In the past year, he has lost bids for election to the Planning Board and the House of Representatives.
Manning is also a candidate for a three-year School Board seat. Nobrega is running for the first time.
The winner gains the seat previously held by Patrick McDougall, who resigned earlier this winter because he faced criminal charges. A replacement was not appointed.
John Manning Jr.
Occupation: Restaurant owner, horse trainer
Elective experience: State representative
What do you plan to do if elected: I would like to stay on the board for the next three years. Salem is growing, and Rockingham Park is a great part of it. We need horse racing back and a casino.
Occupation: Stay-at-home father, former firefighter and emergency medical technician
Elective experience: None
What do you plan to do if elected: I would like the opportunity to serve Salem on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and, if elected, would do my best represent our town.