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Merrimack names councilor to fill vacant position

Union Leader Correspondent

July 18. 2014 6:01PM

MERRIMACK — Lon Woods was selected by the town council to fill a seat left vacant by the death of David Yakuboff Sr.

Yakuboff, former chairman of the Merrimack Town Council, died last month after a lengthy illness. On Thursday, the board chose Woods to fill Yakuboff’s term until the April 2015 town office election.

Woods was one of three candidates vying for the position. The other applicants were Bob L’Heureux and Lenette Peterson.

“You have all provided services to Merrimack in different capacities,” said Councilor Nancy Harrington, the new chairman of the board. “ … You are all well-respected.”

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

Woods, who has lived in Merrimack for 45 years, said Thursday that he remains enthusiastic about the town and is looking forward to help it grow.

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 for Merrimack residents.

Councilor Tom Koenig said that Woods has served the community well, is a good communicator and has significant experience with the town charter.

“I’d be very comfortable having him sit on the council with us,” said Koenig.

Three town councilors voted in favor of selecting Woods, including Koenig, Harrington and Tom Mahon.

Councilor Dan Dwyer voiced support for Peterson, who sought a seat in the last election and got about 1,000 votes.

Councilor Bill Boyd supported L’Heureux for the position, which he views as a caretaker’s role until next April. Since L’Heureux announced that he has no interest in seeking the post next year — but would be available to offer his services in the meantime — Boyd said it would be a good way to let the voters decide who should fill the seat in a few months.

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