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Ex-highway chief challenges incumbent

Concord Highway Superintendent Dennis Dains is being challenged in the Republican primary by a former highway supervisor who says he wants to make the department more productive and less combative.

Challenger Edward Perkins, 55, wrote in a candidate questionnaire that he would like to "stop the lawsuits and labor grievances" and "hire back the employees wrongfully fired."

A former highway supervisor, Perkins said he has more than 30 years experience in highway maintenance, repair and management.

"I would like to get our local highway department to doing more long-term rehab on our roads," he wrote. "We need to look further ahead for long-term maintenance. We need to update the equipment."

Dains, 52, said he spent 12 years working on road and bridge construction before starting work in the town department in 1995.

He is finishing his first term as superintendent. He said his accomplishments include responsible budgeting and developing an annual road repair program.

In the winter, his dedication to his job includes being "on the road at 2 a.m. daily to insure the snowplows will be on the road when needed for the safety of motorists." He has been a member of the Springville volunteer fire department for 30 years and chief for 10.


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