Let’s Thank Harry for His Service, Then Move On

by Chuck Douglas

Longtime selectman Harry Judd has decided to keep on running for selectman again after 18 years in office. It is time for a change. Americans overwhelmingly support term limits for elected officials for a good reason – no one should hold power for too long in a democracy. Bow voters have a great choice with candidate Bruce Marshall who is a lawyer and a licensed Professional Engineer.

Harry Judd was fond of saying that as a selectman the town got a free lawyer. Bruce Marshall will bring that same training to the table, but we will also get a “free” civil engineer when we need him most. For decades Bow and Concord have tussled over water for Bow Junction but the times they are a changing.

In fact, on March 24 the Selectmen have scheduled a public meeting to review a feasibility study and time-line for work proposed by the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) at Bow Junction. What better time to have a lawyer and civil engineer at the table who for years handled environmental issues for the NH Department of Transportation working with DES. It has been told to me by many Concord officials that in years past the water issue went nowhere with the city because Harry’s arrogant and condescending attitude alienated city leaders from working with Bow. His my way or the highway approach was on full display recently at a Selectmen’s meeting when a fellow member disagreed with him Harry got up and stormed out of the meeting but not before telling the man to “go ___ himself.”

For years Harry controlled the power plant tax litigation and kept paying utility expert Skip Sansoucy huge sums of money when he lacked credibility with the trial judge hearing our case. To refresh your memory on Harry Judd’s involvement with Public Service Company go to www.thebowtimes.com and key up the April 2018 front page article “Harry Judd and PSNH… What is the Connection?” 18 years of service is appreciated but it is time for the voters to choose a person better suited for the multi-million dollar water project that may well be a milestone for Concord and Bow’s relationship.

I sincerely urge you to elect Bruce Marshall on Tuesday March 10 and change it up for the new challenges ahead for Bow.

Atty Bruce Marshall Challenges Harry Judd for Selectman

A Civil Engineer with a law degree is running against Harry Judd for a three year term on the Board of Selectmen. Marshall is 56 years old and lives on Sharon Drive with his wife Debra. Bruce Marshall administered the construction of millions of dollars worth of New Hampshire road and bridge construction while employed with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation from 1987 to 1999 as a Contract Administrator. He also has hands-on experience in the construction industry with everything from surveying and layout to heavy equipment operation as a licensed Professional Civil Engineer. For more than four years, Attorney Marshall was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire.
Attorney Marshall was counsel to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation for everything from employment matters to contract drafting and construction litigation. Attorney Marshall also handled numerous environmental issues for the NHDOT, often in cooperation with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. For the last fourteen years, Attorney Marshall has developed a construction law practice, representing dozens of contractors in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont. Attorney Marshall’s practical knowledge of the industry allows him to communicate with clients as one contractor to another or one engineer to another, thus reducing overall litigation costs. He also represents engineering firms as well as developers and owners.

Attorney Marshall’s construction law experience includes everything from obtaining development approvals to drafting of contracts, overseeing the work, addressing construction issues as they arise, payment issues, binding, and related litigation.

Harry Judd, also an attorney, has been on the Board of Selectmen since 2002.