To The Daily Sun,
Next week's city elections will feature few contested races, but one race that will be contested is the race for the Ward 2 seat on the Laconia School Board currently held by Barbara Luther.
I have known Barbara for many years through our interactions both at the Registry of Deeds and at school events, and have served with Barbara on the Laconia School Board since she was selected to fill the vacant seat created by the resignation of longtime board member Beth Arsenault. I had always been impressed with and have only been more impressed by her after having the opportunity to work with her on the Laconia School Board.
Barbara understands Laconia and its schools and, like Malcolm Murray, represents the many grandparents in our city who play an active and important role in the lives of our young people. Barbara doesn't serve on the School Board for political reasons but, rather, because she has grandchildren in our schools and wants them to get the best education possible. Barbara's many of years of service as Belknap County Register of Deeds have prepared her well for her service on the Laconia School Board, as she understands the many rules and regulations surrounding public bodies, as well as governmental budgets and the need to sometimes make hard budgetary choices.
Finally, Barbara brings a strong female perspective and sensibility to the board and, as the father of two strong daughters and husband of a strong wife, I believe this perspective is extremely important in counterbalancing the many male perspectives currently on the board. I strongly support Barbara's candidacy and sincerely hope that the voters of Ward 2 will recognize the value in re-electing Barbara to the Laconia School Board.
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