EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 27, 2013

Three seek two Salem Planning Board seats

By Doug Ireland

---- — SALEM — Edward DeClercq and Linda Harvey are fighting to keep their seats on the Planning Board.

They are running against Albert MacDonald for three-year seats on the seven-member board. The election is March 12.

DeClercq and Harvey have each served on the board for six years. MacDonald is running for the first time.

DeClercq ran for the board a year ago, but lost to Paul Pelletier.

He was appointed in April to complete the term of former Chairman James Keller, who resigned because he was elected to the Board of Selectmen.

All three candidates outlined their views and fielded questions at the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce candidates forum Feb. 21, telling voters they want to help manage Salem’s growth.

An improving economy in the last few years has meant a surge in proposed projects coming before the board, Harvey said.

“Salem is rebuilding at this point in time,” she said.

The projects include many new businesses. But the biggest proposal the board may face is the establishment of a casino at Rockingham Park if state lawmakers approve expanded gambling.

:Name: Edward DeClercq

Age: 60

Occupation: Marketing/quality control

Incumbent: Yes

Elective experience: Planning Board

What do you plan to do if elected: Continue to bring quality development to Salem. Market Basket, Tuscan Market, Tuscan Kitchen are projects I have worked on as a Planning Board member.

:Name: Linda L. Harvey

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired

Incumbent: Yes

Elective experience: Planning Board

What do you plan to do if elected: With the other members, help evaluate development plans at public meetings, and assist the planning director in updating the 2001 master plan and several zoning ordinances.

Name: Albert MacDonald

Age: 63

Occupation: Retired contractor

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: None

What do you plan to do if elected: I owned a construction business for 30-plus years and will bring experience to the board. I want to add to our infrastructure and bring new business.