NEWMARKET — Four candidates are running for two seats on the Town Council at the March 12 election but their names will not be on the ballot.
John Kiper, John McLaughlin, Helen Sanders and Colin D. White are all running as write-in candidates since no one signed up by the deadline to have their names placed on the ballot.
All four candidates introduced themselves during a candidates night held last Wednesday.
There are a number of positions with no candidates listed on the town’s ballot this year. In addition to two seats on the Town Council, the town still needs candidates for Trustee of the Trust Fund and three Budget Committee seats.
The write-in candidates with the most votes March 12 will win the seats.
“So if someone receives two votes and they’re the highest vote-getter, they’re going to be offered the position,” said Town Administrator Steve Fournier. “If they decline the position, it goes to the next individual (with the most votes).
Kiper has lived in town since 2010 and is the owner of Jonny Boston’s International restaurant.
He is running for Town Council because he wants to address the parking issue in town as well as look into creating a composting facility in town to cut municipal waste costs.
“The third thing I wanted to look at was reviving the Old Homes Day or Heritage Festival,” Kiper said. “I always thought those were really cool events and I know [the Recreation Department] has talked about having a Newmarket Day with arts and music.”
McLaughlin has been a town resident for 20 years.
“My most important (priority) is personal freedoms, liberty. This might sound ridiculous but the reason I’m here is because of the (recent ordinance to raise the smoking age to 21.) I don’t look at it so much as a health issue but more of people being told what they can or can’t do as an adult.”
Another priority, he said, is to limit taxes.
Sanders has run three small businesses and previously served as a library trustee in her former hometown of Barrington.
“For me, the core issue would be economic development,” Sanders said. “As the former owner of three small businesses and as a resident of the town I understand the importance of having a healthy business community, especially if we’re going to address issues like keeping the property tax down.”
White is a 25-year member of the Robert G. Durgin Post 67 of the American Legion and is the current president of the board of directors of the Crossings at Sleepy Hollow Cooperative.
“Living where I live in Sleepy Hollow, taxes are a major issue,” White said. “Affordability to live in Newmarket is a major issue for people within the cooperative that I’m president of… My biggest concern is making sure Newmarket remains affordable for anyone who wants to live here.”
Voting will take place Tuesday, March 12 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.