Sherry Farrell for Town Clerk/Tax Collector

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Some of you might know me as On The Road With Sherry, others might know me as Sherry Farrell or even Sharon Cummings. My Nickname is “Sherry” I was born on August 22, 1960 to Pearl and George Cummings who were both from Canada. George was the best Truck Driver in the world and many of you might remember my mom Pearl because she really was Chris of Mr. Steer’s very first employee. Pearl was also the best cashier in the world at our own Shaw’s for years. Many of you have warmed my heart telling me stories of when you would see them around “our” town. John never would have run for town office, but Pearl believed in him and said he should, and he did. He served on many committees’ before running for town council.

If there was one thing about this entire campaign that I could change it would be that Mom and Dad were here with my family to travel this election road that is happening right here in the place they loved and the place that they decided to raise me. Seeing a picture like this one, win or lose would have made them smile.

Why do I love Londonderry because of all of “you”. I grew up in an apartment in Derry first, and then at 79 Granite Street, Kendallwood Condominium, a place I still call home. I attended Keene State College because it was here in New Hampshire, my home. I still can’t believe I was accepted to Harvard University. I worked very hard for my degree in Administration but once I graduated I knew there was No Place like Londonderry.

One of my greatest gifts was being hired by our own Londonderry High School. I was honored when Mr. Thibodeau named Miss. Cummings, the Teacher Of The Year! My “campaign manager” is one of my former students, Mary Jane Stone, she contacts me almost every day to see how it is going and gives me tips on what “we” need to do. Mary Jane is now a devoted mom to three beautiful children.

If you’ve read my column on Saturday mornings for over a year now, you know that it’s the stories that matter… the people we meet and care for along the way.

I would be honored if you feel that I am the right person to represent Londonderry as “your” Town Clerk. As I have said before I know that each one of us running for this position are more than capable to do a good job. There is already an amazing, friendly, efficient, and helpful staff in place; I don’t think anyone of us can miss.

The one thing I promise you if you vote for “Sherry” is that I will appreciate that you trusted me to work for you in our town of Londonderry. I believe the most important issue is making the people of Londonderry feel comfortable and welcomed each time they meet with me. As Mary Jane reminded me I do think a little chocolate and something sweet can brighten a day so if I’m elected I hope you stop by and say Hi; if my daughters and I have been baking the night before try a little of this or that too. I will be there to “serve” you and to support our Town Offices.

Please Vote on March 11th <3

With A Grateful Heart “Sherry”

WORK FOR A CAUSE,
NOT APPLAUSE.
LIVE LIFE TO EXPRESS,
NOT TO IMPRESS.
DON’T STRIVE TO MAKE
YOUR PRESENCE NOTICED,
JUST MAKE YOUR ABSENCE FELT

**** Special Thanks to Kerri Kennedy for this quote

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  1. Vote -1 Vote +1Taxpayer Concern

    Nice story and credentials.

    But, you neglected to mention to the residents/voters that you are married to the town council chair (term ends 016) and are employed by the town treasurer (term ends 2016) and a school board member (term ends 2015).

    Conflict of interest?

    Deb and Adrianna, Do you or your families have any ties to the town/school or elected officials?

  2. -9 Vote -1 Vote +1Deb ShimkonisNowicki

    Dear Taxpayer Concern,

    Thank you for addressing one of my and many other concerned taxpayers numerous concerns.

    I am the only candidate running for Tax Collector/Town Clerk who has absolutely no conflicts of interests whatsoever.

    I am also the only candidate running for Tax Collector/Town Clerk who is qualified both in experience and education for this position.

    ~Deb

    1. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Glenn Douglas

      You may want to brush up on what a conflict of interest is. Town and School are two completely separate governments. I’m fairly sure you could be a Town Councilor and School Board member at the same time without any conflict. I’ve never heard anything in the town code or charter that would prohibit Ms. Farrell from running for the Clerks position. Some people may not like the people running or the groups of people, but there really are very few who step up.

  3. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1Adriana Komst

    Deb,

    I’m not sure where you are getting your facts, but I have no “conflicts” either. My husband works for a MA based company and has no dealings or interaction with the town and/or school. Additionally, I have never been employed by the town and/or school except in the same capacity as you….budget committee.

  4. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Adriana Komst

    I forgot to address your statement about being “the only candidate”…”both in experience and education”.

    I have an undergraduate degree in finance from Seton Hall University and a masters degree in accounting from Nova Southeastern University.

    I am specialized in cost accounting, forecasting, system implementations, project management, P&L analysis, BS analysis, cash management, and various other aspects of both accounting and finance.

    Please, feel free to list your credentials.

    1. +11 Vote -1 Vote +103053

      Thanks for running and keeping it positive Adriana! (and Sherry!)

  5. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY

    All the cast of characters are arriving. Let the games begin. Entertainment for the entire town.

  6. Vote -1 Vote +1Confused

    I have a few questions for Ms. Farrell-

    1. Why did you send your children to private school instead of the Londonderry School system?
    2. Please clarify-did you graduate from Harvard University or Harvard Extension School? What degree did you earn?
    3. Do you reside at Kendallwood Condominiums?
    For the other candidates for Town Clerk:
    Since Ms. Farrell is luring us with baked goods-what will the other ladies entice us with from the kitchen?

    1. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

      I just read Ms. Farrell’s Post. No place in it does she talk about her children’s schooling. They made a decision to practice their faith and send their children to catholic school. Obliviously that was a direct personal attack by someone. Going after the kids and their faith she is right to say shame on you that is way out of bounds. This is the Town clerks job, not the school board.

      1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1confused

        I had no idea what Ms. Farrell’s religion is-but since she refers to Londonderry as “our” town, it seemed like a fair question to ask why her children don’t attend “our” schools. Farrell made it about religion-nobody else did. Farrell simply could have replied that she sent her daughters to private school “for religious reasons” and left it at that.

  7. -15 Vote -1 Vote +1mary jane stone

    Dear Deb and Adriana,
    Just a memo to inform you both that this is not a Political campaign here.You running for employment in a town office,does not entitle you to personally attack someone.I personally believe that having such a strong connection and history to the town of Londonderry can only prove beneficial !! I ALSO AM TEAM SHERRY !!!!!

  8. -15 Vote -1 Vote +1mary jane stone

    Oh other canidates,
    Any of you have Sherry Farrell’s character traits ? Those who truely know her are blessed .She is loyal,trust worthy,committed,compassionate and extremely inteligent . OH WAIT ! ONE MORE QUESTION FOR YOU ! DID EITHER ONE OF YOU GO TO HARVARD ?

  9. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Adriana Komst

    Mary Jane,

    I’m sorry, but which of my comments could be interpreted as a personal attack?

    Yes, you are correct. This is a non-political position so I did not bring politics into my responses. This is no different than interviewing for a job. While I agree that Sherry went to a prestigious school, she didn’t focus in the areas that I studied. This is why I, personally, feel that I am a qualified candidate.

    I am sure that Sherry has all of the character traits that you mentioned. I am also sure that if you were to ask individuals who know me, they would offer very similar accolades.

    At the end of the day, I am happy to hear that you will be exercising your right to vote on March 11th.

    Confused, Sorry, but I do not bake. But I am a dedicated individual who has thrown herself into volunteering in this community in so many capacities in the 12 short years I have lived here. I chaired Kidz Night for 11 years, founded Applestock, founded Movie Night on the Common, coached several sports, was a room mom for 9 years, served on the Budget Committee (implemented the Taxpayer Whitepaper still used by the town and school finance department today), was a PTA treasurer, ran a science club, was a drama club choreographer….just to name a few….

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Is this new math

      You have been in town 12 years. 11 years running Kids night. Tim & Tammy Siekman have been running it for the last three or four years. Troy the guy that worked for the town ran it at the beginning. For all of your qualifications seems you have a problem with addition.

      1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Adriana Komst

        I co-chaired with Troy 2 months after I moved here. I handed over the reigns to Tim and continued to oversee during the transitionary period. I have the t-shirts to prove it.

        1. -8 Vote -1 Vote +1Rick

          I attend the Old Home day meetings. You have been missing in action for several years. Prove it. I know you not being completely forthcoming. I see a pattern of behavior coming to the surface. Half truths sounds like the same answers President Obama gives the country.BTW OHD has collared shirts not t shirts for the past 5 years.

    2. Vote -1 Vote +1Rick

      Adriana Since you surfaced the political part question I know that you and Robinson are far left liberal democrats and endorsed each other. Your half truth answers are terrible. Read your own employers newspaper the position you are running for is part time. Seems you have a lot of trouble with the facts just like you political party of record.

  10. -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Sherry Farrell

    Snarky Snarky Snarky:)

    Oh My, we all know who is asking these questions but okay okay … This is to too cute really, I’ve never felt so important…
    1. First if I said it was the Harvard Extension Program, would you consider me less or all of the good people that graduated from there less than? I know you will be disappointed but Yes My degree is real. It took John and I 10 years to pay off the loans that I had to take to do my Master’s Program at HARVARD UNIVERSITY… My degree is a Master’s of Education plus this will really get under your skin… and wait for it I even got an additional degree in Principal Certification and Administration.
    SHAME ON YOU FOR ASKING…SNARKY SNARKY SNARKY

    SHAME ON YOU AGAIN … I was honored to teach at Londonderry High School but because we are devote Catholics we made the decision to send our daughters to St. Thomas Aquinas School in Derry and Trinity High School in Manchester. I guess you believe that people should not vote for me because of my faith. Double Shame Shame Shame on you again:(

    Dear Goodness and let’s not forget number 3… Kendallwood… Why would anyone in their right mind, not to be snarky but dear goodness, Really? Why would Kendallwood come up? I lived there with my parents, you know their names, Pearl and George until I got my first teaching job, I was there every day, yes if you asked my friends there they would say just about everyday, until my mom died a few years back. I still consider that a home of mine, and yes we still own my family condo there, you obviously would not understand but I can’t just can’t part with it.

    Oh now you really hit at my heart with Snarky Comments about my Banana Bread, with Chocolate Chips I might add:) I didn’t know I had the potential to Lure anyone… but that is just so darn cute.

    I’m sorry your feathers are so ruffled about me running… The one thing I can promise you is that if I’m elected I won’t waste our tax payers money being Snarky, talking about everyone beyond their backs or looking for corruption… I don’t think any of that is in the job description. I can promise you that I look for the best in everyone, even you:), I will welcome everyone that needs my help, and yes I will make an occasional banana bread with chocolate chips to boot!

    Sherry<3
    I love Londonderry

    1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Lurker 2

      Sherry: Your easy, friendly nature and sweet smile will only add to the positive experience for people using town hall in person. Thank you for running.

  11. Vote -1 Vote +1Confused Too

    Adriana,

    To all running; This is a political position. You are running for office. You are subject to the same rules as any other elected official. Good Luck to all. To bad the bad comes with it.

  12. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

    I knew the town clerk she was here a longtime. I doubt she had any of these degrees. Seemed to manage just fine. It’s the clerk’s job. The town already pays a staff, Finance Director, Police & Fire Chief, Town Manager among others I am sure to manage the business of the town. Ms. Farrell states “As I have said before I know that each one of us running for this position are more than capable to do a good job. There is already an amazing, friendly, efficient, and helpful staff in place; I don’t think anyone of us can miss.”

    Seems only person speaks well of all, all others say I, I, I, me,me,me
    Keep it clean and Good Luck.

    1. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

      Bill,

      I agree with keeping things clean in an election. Unfortunately, the trashing of someone running against you has become the #1 way to run an election. Just look at Shaheen. Her “campaign” is constantly trashing Scott Brown, who isn’t even running at this point. Even Obama spent over three years blaming others for our problems.

      Maybe in my lifetime, I will see elections once again being run on issues, and what someone will try and accomplish instead of just trashing the opponent.

  13. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Adriana Komst

    Confused too,

    It is political in the sense that it is an elected position. What party I am registered for and what my political views are do not matter at all, just as Sherry’s religious beliefs do not matter. That’s what I mean by non-political. I was simply agreeing with what Mary Jane stated, “this is not a Political campaign”.

    Bill,
    I am certain that, to many, credentials do not matter. However, if no one takes into account credentials, then (in my opinion) we are simply voting on who our contacts in town are and name recognition. I agree that Sherry is a intelligent individual and can do the job. I am simply pointing out that I have a mathematical mind which, to some voters, may be an important/deciding factor.

    Lastly, I was asked a question by a poster and was undecided as to whether I would reply. But then I read Deb’s response and felt the need to clarify the facts.

    1. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Ann Chiampa

      Adriana, you say you “have an undergraduate degree in finance” and a “masters degree in accounting” and “am specialized in cost accounting, forecasting, system implementations, project management, P&L analysis, BS analysis, cash management, and various other aspects of both accounting and finance.” As a taxpayer, I want someone like you who has the education, background, and job experience…the right qualifications…in the position of Londonderry Town Clerk/Tax Collector.

    2. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1Larry

      Adriana, I haven’t decided who I’ll be voting for as yet, but have to say that your experience with BS analysis is likely going to come in handy… and I’m not talking about Balance Sheets. :)

      Good luck to all the candidates and thanks for stepping up to the plate for the slugfest of small town politics.

  14. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Question

    Sherry,

    How will you be able to run a fair election if your husband runs again? Do you think that is a conflict?

    1. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

      The people on this site have no class. First you question how Ms.Farrell raised her children. Now you question her morals and values. What is wrong with you people. Shameful behavior.

  15. That is true, Bill. Sherry’s husbands term ends in 2016 according to the town website and Taxpayer Concerns post. This position only goes through 2015 so there is no conflict if he chooses to run for re-election, Question. If it’s not one now, it won’t be in the future. She wouldn’t be a direct report of his, in any regard.

    Sorry this was originally posted under the wrong article. It’s difficult to type on a cell sometimes. The admin can choose to delete the original post, if he/she so choose.
    by Adriana Komst on Mar 7, 2014 at 11:09 am

  16. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Adriana Komst

    Rick. Not sure if you are the same Rick that chairs the OHD parade, but if you are, we first met when you began chairing the OHD parade. Before your tenure, I helped Kathy and Pat stage the parade several times.

    Tshirt. Collared shirt. That’s a matter of semantics. However, you are wrong. Five years ago (2009), the OHD shirts were orange tshirts. They were not collared until 2011-turquoise (maybe 2010…that’s the only one I was not able to find in my attic). In 2012, my final year on the committee, they were maroon.

    Please don’t negate or belittle the amount of time I spent volunteering on this committee. They were very fun times and my family and I treasure the memories.

    While we are on the subject of tshirts, my 12yo has a few too, including the 2011 one; Kathy Wagner was kind enough to include her as she often attended meetings and helped bake cookies for Senior Night in the LHS cafe that year along with Carol, Sharon and maybe Kathy (I can’t recall if she was there)

    Lastly, my political party has no bearing on this position. And to my knowledge, John has not endorsed me. I have not solicited endorsements because the position is more about professional capabilities than party alignments.

    At the end of the day, I asked Deb to share her credentials and to fill me in on how she feels I have a conflict of interest. I have yet to receive a response from her.

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