Ossipee Selectman Candidates


KATHLEEN MALONEY (left) and Frank Riley are competing for a seat on the Ossipee Board of Selectmen (click for larger version)
February 27, 2014
zOSSIPEE — After 14 years of serving as Ossipee selectman, N.H. Representative Harry Merrow has chosen not to see re-election to the board. There are three candidates hoping to be chosen to fill that three-year position.

We invited the three candidates Frank Riley, Kathleen Maloney, and Steve McConarty to respond to a questionnaire to tell us more about themselves and their run for office. Two of the candidates, Riley and Maloney responded. Their responses follow.

There will be a Candidates Night at Ossipee Town Hall Monday, March 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to ask questions of the candidates.


Why are you running for this office?

Because I live in this town and care deeply for its inhabitants.

What qualifications, qualities, or experience would you bring to this position?

Having served two terms as a selectman I am aware of what the position entails. I attended the Selectmen's Institute during my first term of office; attended many education conferences offered by what was previously known as Local Government Center, and completed 21 Federal Emergency Management courses. All of these were part of my position as a selectman. I thoroughly research before making a decision that will affect the town. I also feel that I have an open rapport with people.

What do you consider the major challenges the town is facing?

First would be the tax rate. The town rate is compiled by adding county, state school, town school taxes and each fire precinct to our town request. The selectman and the budget committee earnestly decide what is needed and sometimes agree. That figure is then added to the other four and the end result is what gives us the tax rate.

As a selectman I strived to cut costs and if elected I would work with my fellow selectmen and town departments to assess areas that need to be addressed.

Secondly, the increased cost in ambulance service is highly alarming. I have heard people are being taxed out of their homes. I feel that service needs to be re-examined. In town we have three fire departments who answer or attend each ambulance call. I am aware of the training that each fire department has and the majority of their personnel are EMTs. I would approach the idea of having the fire precincts perform the ambulance service. We presently have very talented and dedicated people working for the town now. Their fire department personnel are trained; why not explore this as a viable option?

Third, one of our natural resources is being overrun by a vegetative terror, milfoil. Ossipee Lake is a precious resource of our Town and for some time this infestation has been managed by a chemical poison "2,4,D". This chemical deemed safe for all by the EPA is apparently not eradicating the milfoil. More research needs to be performed before the lake is destroyed.

I am sure there are a lot more challenges that will occur but assure you that I have the tools available to deal with them.

Have you held political office before?

Political offices: Ossipee Budget Committee (2006); Ossipee Selectman (2007-2013).

Please provide any additional information you may want to share with voters.

I graduated from Kingswood Regional High School and New Hampshire Hospital of Nursing. I am a commissioned officer in the United States Navy (now a reservist). I am married and have three children. I also have a small farm. I am a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Small and Beginning Farmers Association.


Why are you running for this office?

To provide a service to my community with experience, as I am retired, and I have time to accomplish the necessary task.

What qualifications, qualities, or experience would you bring to this position?

I am a former selectman for Ossipee, 4-H Leader, past member of Ossipee Zoning Board of Adjustment, past member of Carroll County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and the Carroll County UNH Extension Advisory Board.

What do you consider the major challenges the town is facing?

Maintaining a reasonable cost to the town while providing the necessary services required for town operation.

What would you do to address these challenges, if elected?

Continue to work with all department heads to help and guide them to improve productivity, cost, and the service necessary for the town.

Have you held political office before?

Former selectman Town of Ossipee from 1978-1981.

Please provide any additional information you may want to share with voters.

I completed a four-year program as an apprentice pipefitter at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, completing both on the job training and academic studies. I spent 27 years at the shipyard with more than 20 of these years as supervisor, team leader, or senior level manager. I spent three years working for Governor Wentworth Regional School District driving and coordinating bus routes. I worked for 14 years for the Town of Wolfeboro Highway Department and completed my working years as farm manager at Remick Museum and Farm in Tamworth.

I am a lifelong resident of Ossipee, married for 45 years to my wife, Cher, and together we have raised three sons. Now that I am retired I have time to serve my community in the position of selectman should I be elected.

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