To The Daily Sun,
I am writing this letter to officially announce my run for one of the three-year Budget Committee seats. Having lived in Gilmanton for the majority of my life I believe it is an important position and one that I would take great pride in and work diligently to deserve.
Gilmanton is where I have done the majority of my growing up. I grew up on a small farm on a dirt road in Lower Gilmanton and attended Gilmanton School. That was where I learned most of my lessons in leadership and standing up for not only one's own beliefs, but the beliefs and rights of others. I later moved on to Gilford High School where I carried on those values of leadership and giving voice to those who were not able to speak for themselves. After graduating Gilford High School I attended Simmons College in Boston where I worked with the English Department Liaison Committee as well as became the youngest editor in chief of the literary magazine. When I graduated Simmons, a full year early, with a major in English writing and literature and a minor in studio art, I returned home to Gilmanton and helped with the farm, the house, and worked two jobs. At the time I was not sure Gilmanton would be my home. I decided to move to Denver in the winter of 2012. I spent almost four years in Denver working for various cannabis legalization groups and campaigns as well as being the licensing and compliance director for what is now one of the largest medical and recreational cannabis centers in Colorado.
I learned so much from working in an ever-growing and changing multimillion-dollar industry that it would be hard to write it all down. The main thing would be that I became involved with city and state leaders and began to take a vested interest in what was happening closer to home in the communities that I lived and worked in.
How did I end up back in Gilmanton? This is a question I get all the time and almost every day. To me the answer is cut and dry. It's the easiest answer I can give: Gilmanton is my home. Gilmanton is my family. This town has done more for me than any other city or state could ever do. I want so much to help make this town a place where we can all thrive. As a member of the Budget Committee I would work hard to hear all sides of any decision that would affect taxpayers and even future taxpayers. Long term or short term, we need to work together to find the best solution for those who are here now and those who will be here in the future.
I hope that I can count on your vote in the election on March 14 because I can think of no better way to give back to a town that has given me so much than to give my experience, my time, and my knowledge to that town.
Grace L. Sisti
Gilmanton Iron Works
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