NEWTON — Charles Melvin is challenging incumbent Selectman Trisha McCarthy for a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen.

Name: Charles Melvin Sr.

Age: 64

Occupation: Owner of C and M Auto Repair, real estate broker

Incumbent: No

Elective experience: None

What is the single most important issue facing the Newton Board of Selectmen?: Protecting the taxpayer's wallet. For example, I'd like to see a set of scales at the transfer station.

Name: Trisha Collins McCarthy

Age: 62

Occupation: Keller Williams Realty

Incumbent: Yes

Elective experience: Selectman

What is the single most important issue facing the Newton Board of Selectmen? Improving services to the town and residents in a tough economy with budget restraints. Facilitating positive communication within our boards and encouraging education for our employees.

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