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I've learned that politics, even in Meredith, can be dirty business

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To The Daily Sun,

As a member and leader in and of many non-profit organizations, currently and in the past, I have always been drawn to public service. I am proud of my honorable service in the U.S. Air Force and in the New Hampshire National Guard. I have a deep love for the Lakes Region, having spent my formative years here and having visited and spent much time with my parents here over the last 30 some-odd years. Ken Jollimore, former town moderator, and his wife Anne, former supervisor of the checklist and state school board member, were very active in the town they loved. Now here I am, wishing they were still around to love, support and guide me, but knowing that, in spirit, they are.

So, as I worked tirelessly on the Christopher Boothby campaign, I decided it was time for me to throw my hat in the ring and I registered to run for the Meredith Selectboard. Since I made that decision I have met some of the most amazing people. People who have offered to educate me and who have spend countless hours sharing their non-partisan knowledge with me. It may surprise some that none of these is a current selectman. I thank these people for their support and for their willingness to help me when nobody else registered to run.

I have also learned that politics, even at this level, can be a dirty business. People will make up things and twist things to get their point across, and for a newcomer like me, it's difficult not to be hurt by these falsehoods.

Let me just say a couple of things to you all as you head off to the polls today. First of all, I want to thank Joe Kenney for his honorable service in the U.S. Marine Corps. My support of Mike Cryans in no way is intended as an attack on Lt. Col. Kenney, but as an American exercising my right to my opinion that Mike Cryans would be more suited for the Executive Council position.

Secondly, I have not been privy to any action on the part of the current Selectboard get me elected. I also don't have any knowledge of Phil Warren's activities in that manner. I know these people from around town and that is all, and I don't appreciate anyone besmirching their character or mine in an unwarrented letter calling me a Meredith "sweetheart." I find that comment sexist and demeaning and the whole letter bordering on libel.

As a relative newcomer to this game, I guess I just didn't expect the mean-spirited attacks that exist in our community. You see, to me, I feel grateful and privileged to live in a post card. I really want to keep it that way. I want to keep it filled with tourists and happy residents with happy employees and low taxes and happy business owners. We actually have a community unique enough to accomplish that. Amazing isn't it?

So, I may not have the experience, but I will get it. And, I really do love this town and want to work with all of you to do what's best for all of us.

Please do come out and vote for me on Tuesday, March 11.

I look forward to seeing you at the polls.

Hillary Seeger