To The Daily Sun,
My name is Richard Hanson and I am a candidate for a position on the Selectboard of Center Harbor, New Hampshire.
I have been a resident of Center Harbor for the past 28 years residing with my wife, Alice, in an old New Englander home within walking distance to the village. I have been actively engaged in the community, serving as an alternate member of the Zoning Board for more than 12 years and as a member of the Inter-Lakes School Board for 15 years. I also worked as a part-time police officer under Chiefs Andrew Fowler and Mark Chase. I retired from the Pemi-Baker School District about five years ago, where I was employed as a high school counselor at Plymouth Regional High School for 30 years.
I am a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor's Degree in philosophy, Master's degree in counseling psychology and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. I have been a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association since 1991.
I have no specific agenda or concerns with the current state of affairs in Center Harbor. The past few years have been somewhat challenging, but past differences of opinions are mostly resolved with resolutions that appear to satisfy most.
My interest in becoming a selectperson originates from my passion for working with people, being part of a team, and having a voice in the operation of town government. In my 15-year tenure on the Inter-Lakes School Board, I have served as board chair for the past four years, represented three towns (Center Harbor, Sandwich and Meredith) as the School Board member-at-large position, chaired the negotiation team and helped develop and manage an over-$20 million budget.
My work with the Police Department and Zoning Board for many years has given me insights into the operation of our town's government which will be beneficial in performing the duties of a selectperson.
I believe my greatest personal strengths are my ability to see two sides of an issue and to bring disparate groups together. I believe in solving problems by finding what we have in common and not focusing on what separates us. As a selectman, I will work to manage our town's government efficiently and effectively. It is my hope to be part of a Selectboard that is open, honest, responsive, and responsible. I would greatly appreciate your vote for selectperson on March 11.