LOWELL -- Dracut Housing Authority commissioner candidates Brian Bond and Jesse Forcier have a cordial relationship, and that may be a good thing for the authority.

Bond is an incumbent in an appointed seat with a term not expiring until next January, but he's hoping to serve in an elected, rather than appointed, term. That means he and Forcier would be working alongside each other for at least about eight months if Forcier wins in Monday's election.

The winner will have a five-year term for a seat being left by Ken Cunha, who is not seeking re-election.

Bond and Forcier don't entirely see eye-to-eye, though, as they faced off in a Sun-sponsored debate Tuesday.

Bond, a 49-year-old electrician, wants senior housing to be built quickly on 18 acres the town purchased off Bridge Street and Greenmont Avenue following Town Meeting approval in 2012. Forcier, a 34-year-old quarry construction operator, said he is open to more broadly considering housing options in town.

"I just don't see spending more money when Town Meeting voted in favor of going forward with the development. It's a great project," Bond said of the Greenmont housing proposal.

Forcier said he'd rather give more consideration to other housing options, though "not discard this project, just have it off to the side."

Both candidates gave positive reviews to the authority's executive director, Mary Karabatsos, who was given a pay raise and extension in January. The 16-percent pay raise and extension through February 2018 followed an overwhelmingly positive review and her consideration a year prior of the same post in Medford.

Forcier said he took no issue with the length of the contract.

Both said they would keep Karabatsos, who was first appointed executive director in 2007, accountable. Forcier said he would work closely with her, while Bond said he would question decisions while maintaining trust.

The Dracut Housing Authority oversees 221 public-housing units and issues 68 housing vouchers known as Section 8.

Bond was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick in 2011, and in his first meeting voted not to renew Karabatsos' contract. That vote was later reversed. On Tuesday, Bond said he simply voted to open debate for a broader look at candidates, and that he later chose Karabatsos for the job.

Bond said he wants to be elected to a new five-year term to oversee projects such as his proposal to convert heating in the authority's housing units from electric to gas to save money. Bond's appointed term ends at the same time as the governor's, in January.

"I don't want to take a chance of not having that appointment," he said.

Forcier, a father of four who moved to town five years ago, said he's running for the Housing Authority because he saw a "dire need" for more housing while a member of the Community Preservation Committee. Among his ideas are giving residents more of an opportunity to speak at commission meetings.

"We owe it to them to listen for a few minutes," he said.

Both have planning backgrounds. Forcier is currently the Planning Board chairman, and Bond is a former board member. Bond is a current member of the Community Preservation Committee.

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