By Patrick Cronin
Hampton Union, Friday, March 2, 2007
[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online]
HAMPTON -- The race for one available seat on the Lane Memorial Library board of trustees pits two candidates against each other at the March 13 election.
Former Budget Committee member Gerald Dignam is challenging political newcomer Linda Sadlock for the three-year seat on the board, which oversees the operation and budget of the library.
Both say they want to be on the board to participate in the future planning of the library.
Sadlock, a retired nurse, offers the most experience since she currently serves as an alternate to the trustee board.
"I like being on the board and we are a cohesive group right now," Sadlock said. "I know the staff and I'm familiar with the operation of the facility."
Sadlock was asked to run by current trustee Judy Geller, who decided against running for another term on the board.
"I feel connected to Hampton and I want to continue to be involved in the community, especially the library," Sadlock said.
Sadlock is an active member of the Seacoast Newcomers Club and the Garden Club. She also serves as the chairperson for membership of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library, a nonprofit volunteer organization that raises funds for the library.
Dignam said he decided to run to ensure that the town library becomes one of the best in the state.
"I filed as a candidate because I want to work to widen and enhance its services to meet the cultural needs of our steadily growing town," Dignam said. "A town is nothing without a good library. It has been my observation and life experience that a good library encourages and motives desirable study habits in our students."
As a retiree from the Raytheon Company, Dignam said he would bring to the position 30 years of budgetary and facility management experience in planning, organization and implementation.
In the past, Dignam has been active in several area fraternal and service organizations as well as many Hampton Chamber of Commerce activities.