Trump visits Laconia

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Mary Ann Logsdon of Laconia shows off her “Deplorables for Trump” sign to Ruthie Reingold at Laconia Middle School last night. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)


Middle school is filled with locals supporting candidate


LACONIA — "I'm a messenger," Donald Trump told a capacity crowd of more than 2,000 filling the gym at Laconia Middle School last evening, then began by offering an apocalyptic vision of a country on the brink of ruin before turning to a bright promise of a roseate future of prosperity and security without limits across the land. "It will be a beautiful sight to see," he said.

"We're going to stop all the problems you have," Trump said. We're going to stop them." He recalled that the day before he went to Flint, Michigan "to address the water crisis." He said once the people of Flint made automobiles while the water in Mexico was undrinkable, but now the people of Mexico make cars and the people of Flint cannot drink the water. "That's what's happening to our country," he said, then reassured the crowd that "everything that is broken today can be fixed."

Trump vowed to replace "a policy of globalism with Americanism," touching off chants of USA, USA, USA. He said that he would turn bad trade deals into great trade deals, lower taxes for all Americans, reduce government regulation and allow every family to choose where to school their children. "There will be no limit to the number of jobs and prosperity," he said. "I will fight for every neglected part of this nation."

Trump repeated his promise to build a wall on the southern border, sparking another round chanting "Build That Wall," and added that "Mexico will pay for it, they just don't know it yet, but they will be happy to do it."

Liz Dingolo of Bridgewater, who has worked at Titeflex Aerospace for 33 years, said that as a Christian her first choices were Ben Carson and Ted Cruz, but then she was taken by Trump's message. "I believe in making America great again and our government should be working for us," she said. "Nobody else can do it."

Lori Benoit of Laconia was eager to hear the message. "We belong to the basket of deplorables," she remarked. "I really am and I'm proud of it." She said that Trump was her first choice from the outset, because "I like his policies, especially bringing the country back and not losing our heads to ISIS."

Jack Leonard, a retiree from Belmont was for Trump from the beginning. "He likes America and he's for the people," he said. "Half the country's not working and making more money than they were." Trump, he believed, would change that.

Fran Wendelboe of New Hampton, a veteran Republican activist and former state legislator, said that she first supported Cruz, but since has joined the Trump campaign as a volunteer. "I'm pleased to see the campaign coming together and becoming a traditional grassroots campaign."

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Donald J. Trump speaks to the crowd. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)


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Moyer edges Wright for sheriff by 66 votes


LACONIA — Former Laconia Police Chief Mike Moyer won a closely contested race for the Republican nomination for Belknap County Sheriff by edging out Sgt. William Wright of the Belknap County Sheriff's Department by 66 votes.

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"It was a very hard campaign," said Moyer, who said that Wright called him around noon on Wednesday to concede and congratulated him on his victory. Moyer said that Wright told him that he would not be asking for a recount, even though the margin of victory was less than 1 percent of the 7,136 ballots which were cast in the race
The final tally showed Moyer with 3,601 votes and Wright with 3,535.
Moyer praised Wright for "running a very professional campaign," and expressed thanks to the voters who had supported his campaign.
Moyer's margin of victory came from Laconia, where he served as a police officer for over 30 years and was chief from 2007 into 2011. He carried Laconia by over 400 votes, 1,095 to 621, and also scored big margins in Gilford, 596-387, and Meredith, 593-401.
Wright carried Belmont, where both he and Moyer live, 460-305, and racked up big margins in Gilmanton, 293-145, Alton, 400-240, and Barnstead, 310-106.
Moyer said during his tenure as Laconia's police chief the department became one of a handful of New Hampshire police departments that became a credentialed law enforcement agency – a status it maintains today.
He said he has the necessary experience to lead the department and would like to work cooperatively with agencies like the Laconia Police Department in helping combat the county's opioid crisis.

"The Laconia Police have become a model for dealing with the crisis and I think we can work well with them," said Moyer.
Moyer says he isn't looking to expand the department and wants to make certain that it fulfills the duties it is charged with, such as delivery of subpoenas, prisoner transport and courtroom security, in an efficient manner.
He said he will continue the special operations group.
Moyer said he plans to play an active role as sheriff and get out of the office as often as possible to meet with local law enforcement officials and the general public in all communities in the county.
The last primary contest for sheriff in Belknap County was in 1990 when Deputy Sheriffs Stephen Hodges and Tom Alden faced off, and Hodges won.

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Taylor, Waring elected to County Commission

County Commission chair sees restoration of civility in election results


LACONIA — The Belknap County Commission, which is in recent years has captured headlines because of continuing conflicts between commissioners, including the ouster of its chairman and continuing public disputes, is on the verge of becoming a more congenial place to do business.
That's the view of Commissioner David DeVoy (R-Sanbornton), who chairs the three-member commission, who said he believes that victories in Tuesday's Republican primaries by fellow commissioner Hunter Taylor (R-Alton) and former Belknap County Finance Director Glen Waring (R-Gilmanton) will create a unified team which will work together "in a productive and civil manner, placing policy above personality."

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Taylor defeated Jonathan Smolin of Alton 2,035 to 591 in the District 3 commission race for a two-year term and Waring defeated incumbent Belknap County Commissioner Richard Burchell (R-Gilmanton) 1,078 to 678 for a four-year term.
DeVoy had supported both Taylor and Waring while Burchell and Smolin, who had support from several members of the County Delegation, including Rep. George Hurt (R-Gilford) and Mike Sylvia (R-Belmont), had expressed support for each other.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Taylor said "In our decision making, Dave DeVoy and I have always tried to be guided by the best interests of the people of our county. Yesterday's vote says that our efforts have been well received. I want to thank the voters of the 2nd and 3rd Districts for the wonderful support we have going forward as we continue our efforts, as always subject to fiscal responsibility limitations, to make our county government even better and more responsive to the needs of the citizens of Belknap County. We now have a team that can work together and when we disagree, do so with civility."
Waring said that he is pleased by the response to his candidacy by the voters who saw his experience in county government, where he served as finance director from 2011 to 2015, as a plus. He said he is looking forward to working in a professional and collaborative manner with his colleagues, provided that he is successful in November's general election, where he faces opposition from Democrat Cherie Willoughby of Belmont.
He defeated Burchell 243-185 in Gilmanton, 201-180 in Barnstead, 182-126 in Tilton and 452-187 in Belmont.
Burchell became commissioner after defeating incumbent Commissioner John Thomas (R-Belmont) in the 2014 GOP primary 808-671 and winning an uncontested general election.
After Burchell was elected to the county commission, Commissioner Stephen Nedeau (R-Meredith) resigned his seat, saying he was unable to work with the new commissioners, leaving only Burchell and DeVoy, both of whom were newly elected. Burchell became chairman, but when the county delegation appointed Taylor to fill the vacant seat, he soon found himself a minority of one. At a clamorous meeting in March 2015, Burchell was ousted as chairman by a two-to-one vote, which he challenged without success in Superior Court.
The relationship between the three current commissioners continued to remain stormy. At a June 4 meeting last year, commissioners Taylor and DeVoy censured Burchell for leaking information from a nonpublic meeting to former Belknap County Nursing Home Administrator Matthew Logue, held while Burchell was still chairman .
DeVoy and Taylor again censured Burchell in May of this year for what they said was official misconduct in connection with his attempts to access protected medical records in the state Department of Health and Human Services database. Burchell maintained he was only seeking the information in order to find out how state reimbursements to county homes are determined.
Smolin, a surgical assistant at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, had campaigned by saying that he would bring significant private business experience to the commission and was concerned about keeping the services provided by county government affordable.
In recent weeks Smolin's business experience claims were disputed by Taylor, who cited several bankruptcies which Smolin had filed, as evidence that Smolin lacked the background to oversee county policy and budget matters.
Taylor defeated Smolin 139-31 in Center Harbor, 500-153 in Alton, 708-217 in Meredith and 688-190 in Gilford.

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