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Three seek to fill vacant Merrimack Council seat

Union Leader Correspondent

July 13. 2014 8:06PM

MERRIMACK — Three candidates are vying to fill a town council seat left vacant from the death of David Yakuboff Sr.

Yakuboff, the former chairman of the Merrimack Town Council, died last month following a lengthy illness.

Bob L’Heureux, Lon Woods and Lenette Peterson are seeking the open position.

The town council is scheduled to interview all three candidates at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the town manager’s conference room. Then, the council is expected to deliberate and appoint their top choice for the position at 7 p.m. Thursday at Merrimack Town Hall.

The appointee will fill the seat until the April 2015 election.

L’Heureux, a Republican, previously served 20 years in the New Hampshire House of Representatives for District 19 before retiring from politics in 2010.

Prior to serving as a state representative, L’Heureux, 74, served in New Hampshire’s Air National Guard from 1957 to 1964. He then worked as a mechanic for the former Sanders Associates, now known as BAE Systems Electronics and Integrated Solutions.

He also served on the Merrimack School Board from 1978 to 1984, and was active with the Merrimack Highway Safety Commission.

Woods, also 74, is a retired educator and town employee. He previously served on the local school board, zoning board, municipal budget committee, charter commission, master plan committee and has been a commissioner for the Merrimack Village District.

Woods ran unsuccessfully for the Merrimack Town Council in 2010 and 2012. Woods said earlier that if elected, he would work to create economic development to broaden the tax base, study the benefit of regionalization of services and continue efforts to flatten operational costs while seeking the best possible use of available resources to maintain and improve the quality of life for Merrimack residents.

Peterson, of Elizabeth Drive, is a substitute teacher and sales associate for Reebok. She is serving her second term as a state representative, but she does not plan to seek re-election to the House this fall.

“I still want to serve the people of Merrimack, and if elected to the town council, I would be able to work full time and still fulfill my duties on the town council,” she said earlier this year while running unsuccessfully for a local town council seat.

If elected, her three goals are to promote Merrimack as the perfect place to relocate businesses, to try and reduce or stabilize property taxes and to have personal property assessed uniformly throughout town.

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