To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to Laconia voters:
With all do respect to the many fine people who have served as mayor over the years I have been thinking a lot recently about the four who have served since we began electing mayors by popular vote in 1991. The list includes Paul Fitzgerald (two terms), Matt Lahey (three terms), Mark Fraser (two terms), Matt Lahey again (two more terms) and Mike Seymour (two terms).
That's a darn impressive list. They all have had their individual styles and we might not have agreed with every position they took on issues of the day but we knew they were smart, knowledgeable, capable people and we were comfortable having them at the helm. We knew they were competent to analyze any situation that arose and would help to craft a sensible, reasonable solution. And we knew that when one of us had to represent the entire city — say at a meeting with the governor or leaders of the Legislature, they were up to the task.
On Tuesday, Nov. 5 we add the next name to the list. And I ask that you think about previous mayors and weigh the two current candidates against that standard. I do not pretend that I am the most qualified person we could possibly pick. But a number of people who I would have personally have been happy to vote for were just not in a position to serve at this time and I decided to step forward.
I do believe that my overall knowledge of city government, my demonstrated commitment to community service and my record of accomplishment in private business make me the most qualified person whose name will be on the ballot for mayor in 2013. And I ask for your support in my effort to "Keep Laconia Moving" in a positive direction. It would be an honor to have your vote.