Councilor Baer in a recent letter did a great job addressing issues voters will face in the upcoming election. She outlined several great attributes to look for in our next mayor and I agree whole-heartedly that Mayor Seymour did a wonderful and visible job for this community.
I have been serving my local community in many ways for years. As a child I earned the Arrow of Light as a Cub Scout and Boy Scouts' rank of Eagle Scout. I have been active in scouting as an adult scoutmaster for two troops, most recently for Pack 68. I spent several years working professionally as an optician. During that time I spent four years sitting on the N.H. Board of Opticians, first as the vice president and then the president. At this time I was elected Ward 5 Selectman and after only one term I stepped forward, finishing out the previous Ward 5 Moderator's term, an office I still hold today. I also served briefly on the Conservation Commission for Laconia. In the wake of 9/11, I enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves, where I now hold the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E7).
In 2007 I was hired by the N.H. Department of Corrections, where I was assigned to the Lakes Region Facility. The following winter military obligation took me away from family and community. I resigned my positions with both the scouts and the Conservation Commission. I traveled back for almost every election throughout my mobilization. After returning home the local facility was closed and I was transferred to Concord. Seeking job opportunities closer to home I resigned later that year. This choice eventually led me to Spaulding Youth Center where I work in the school as an academic aid.
I grew up locally and attended Woodland Heights and Holy Trinity in Laconia, later graduating from Bishop Brady High School. After high school I attended Maine Maritime Academy, where I also played football. I left college after a year to raise my daughter and support my then wife through her own schooling. I have a degree in Avionics and Aviation Electrical Mechanical Technologies from Coast Line Community College and am currently pursuing a degree in Community Sociology from SNHU.
I respect and appreciate Councilor Baer's decision to endorse Mr. Engler. I'm sure all three candidates for mayor have two things in common, a love for the community we all call home, and a sense of civic responsibility. It is my sincere hope that people will take the time to get to know me, ask the tough questions, and consider me for the office of mayor.