To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to encourage all area residents to attend the upcoming Debate Forum with candidates Michael Cryans (D) and Joseph Kenney (R), who are vying for the open Executive Council position in District One. The Forum will be held on Tuesday, February 11th at 6 p.m. in the Meredith Community Center. The Forum will be moderated by Liz Tentarelli, co-president of the League of Women Voters of N.H. The snow date is Tuesday, February 18, same time and place.
The 5-member Executive Council serves an important role in the active management of the business of our state. They have the authority and responsibility, together with the governor, over the administration of the affairs of the state as defined in the N.H. Constitution, the N.H. statutes, and the advisory opinions of the N.H. Supreme Court and the Attorney General.
Residents of District One have been fortunate to be represented by Ray Burton (R) for 34 years. Since his passing, Burton has been lauded, by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, for his congenial non-partisan approach to state politics and his willingness to compromise. We are fortunate to have a candidate running to fill the seat that emulates Ray's approach to politics. Michael Cryans, Democrat from Hanover, has served as a Grafton County Commissioner for 16 years alongside Ray Burton who also served as a Grafton County Commissioner. In fact, Mr. Burton endorsed Mr. Cryans in the 2012 Grafton County election. Now, Mr. Cryans has received the joint endorsement of the Ray Burton's three siblings. This past weekend they said that Mike Cryans is the most qualified candidate to follow in their brother's footsteps to represent District One. While two of his siblings are Republicans and one a Democrat, they are unanimous in their endorsement of Cryans over his Republican challenger Joe Kenney. Burton's sister noted "I cannot think of a more qualified individual to fill his seat than Mike Cryans. I have no doubt that he will put the needs of his constituents first and come to Concord to provide full services as a public servant. Mike knows there is a lot work to do and he will get it done." Another said "There is little doubt that my brother Ray left big shoes to fill, but I am confident that Mike Cryans is the man to succeed him. He has a deep understanding of District One and the issues facing its residents. Mike is someone who listens to the concerns of his constituents and will follow through on their issues. I know he will make an excellent executive councilor." Ray's brother added "Now we must 'look north' and elect someone who will continue to advocate for northern N.H. residents. That person is Mike Cryans. Intelligent, compassionate, and dedicated to serving the needs of others, Mike will never forget the residents of District One."
No endorsements could speak louder then those that came from Burton himself and now from his family who knew him best and the things he valued most. These endorsements are loud, clear and importantly non-partisan; I hope the residents of District One hear them. Come and meet Mike on February 11th at the Debate Forum and vote Cryans on March 11th.