DANVERS — Selectman Dan Bennett, a self-employed real estate broker with 20 years of public service, says one of his strong suits is he’s a people person.
“I’m a good listener,” the two-term incumbent says.
Selectman Keith Lucy, an electrical engineer who is running for his fourth term in the upcoming May 7 Town Election, is focused “on the most effective and most efficient way to spend your tax dollars.”
David Mills, a retired 11-year Massachusetts Appeals Court Judge who has lived in town most of his life, said his personal connection to the town is his strength as he runs for one of the two open seats.
“I like this town,” Mills said, a former town moderator. “I feel real connected.”
All three candidates for two three-year terms on the Board of Selectmen took part in a debate last night that was broadcast by Danvers Community Access Television and moderated by Beverly resident Todd Feinburg, a former radio show host.
Salem News Editor David Olson, Danvers Herald Editor Jeff Pope and Danvers Patch Local Editor John Castelluccio asked the questions.
With a week left to campaign, Bennett, Lucy and Mills had a congenial debate, focused on topics ranging from holding the line on tax increases to a proposed moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.
All three candidates favor the idea of a moratorium on dispensaries to give the town time to see what the state Department of Public Health has in store as far as regulations go.
When asked how the board could keep taxes down, all three agree that the best they could do would be to moderate increases.
“It’s very difficult to find fat” in the town budget, Bennett said.
Lucy said the key would be to “maximize outside revenue.” Even though he does not favor a slots parlor at the Liberty Tree Mall, he used that as an example of how the town needs to find outside sources of revenue. The town has to push for more state aid, Lucy said.