By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Michael Foote, a member of the Laconia Zoning Board of Adjustment, is running to succeed Ava Doyle as the city councilor representing Ward 1, which takes in The Weirs.
Foote, 57, filed his candidacy papers Thursday at City Hall.
Doyle has decided not to run for re-election. Foote has been on the Zoning Board of Adjustment for five years.
He sees Laconia as being “on the edge of a growth period.”
He pointed to public and private investment at the Weirs as an indication of that growth.
“I see a lot of potential here,” he said.
Foote said the challenge for the city is making sure there is a good mix of growth, including commercial development that will support higher-paying jobs.
At the same time, it is necessary to be conscious of the need to protect open spaces, be thoughtful about the development that does take place and establish links that connect disparate parts of the city and that connect this city to its neighbors, he said. Foote supports the WOW trail as a means of creating such links.
The city needs to complete work on a master planning document that will set parameters for growth in the years to come, he said.
With Foote’s candidacy, there is someone running in each of the city’s six wards.
Mayor Ed Engler and veteran City Council members Henry Lipman, Robert Hamel, Brenda Baer and Armand Bolduc all filed for re-election. Political newcomers barbershop owner Breanna Henderson and restaurateur Reuben Bassett also filed. Mark Haynes, a medical facilities manager and Ward 4 moderator, has also filed to run for the council.
The mayor and all six City Council positions will be on the ballot this year. A primary will be held Sept. 12 if any race has more than two candidates. If there are two candidates or fewer for any of these positions, the race will be decided in the Nov. 7 general election. The filing period for elected positions in Laconia closes on Aug. 11.
- Written by Ginger Kozlowski
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