EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 27, 2013

Two seek Salem zoning board seat

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.

:Age: 60

Occupation: Restaurant owner, horse trainer

Incumbent: No

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.

Arthur Nobrega

:Age: 53

Occupation: Stay-at-home father, former firefighter and emergency medical technician

Incumbent: No

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.