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Sgt. Wright's resume in impressive but Chief Moyer's is even more so

To The Daily Sun,

In recent weeks, many letters have been written in support of the two candidates asking for our votes in their campaigns to become the next sheriff of Belknap County. Many of the letter writers I count among my acquaintances and friends and I cannot fault any of the accolades written on behalf of Bill Wright and Mike Moyer. As the retired superintendent of the Belknap County Corrections Department and a 39-year special deputy of the Sheriff's Department, I know both men, and they are everything we've read about and each uniquely qualified in their own way.

But we are being asked to do more than just vote for a candidate, we are hiring one of two applicants for an important job. As citizens and voters, we are the Human Resources Department of our government, and as such, we want the best possible person for the job. In effect, the letter writers have acted as our interview process and we grade that to a certain degree in our decision making process.

Both applicants have told us of their plans for the future of the department and at this point, it would appear that they are in a dead heat. The difference is in their "resumes" which have been covered in previous letters and press releases, and while Sgt. Wright's is impressive, Chief Moyer's is even more so and shows him to be the best qualified and outstanding person for the job. I believe he will be an active leader and continue in the footsteps of sheriffs that have served the citizens of Belknap County so well in the past.

Please join me in supporting Mike Moyer on Tuesday as the next Sheriff for Belknap County.

R.A. Grenier


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You won't regreat your decision to vote for Liz Merry for state rep

To The Daily Sun,

Thursday, our doorbell rang and a very pleasant lady asked me if she could have a lawn sign for her yard so she could show her support for my wife, Liz Merry, who is running for state House Representative in the Democratic Primary on Sept. 13 here in Laconia. After providing her with the sign, I had to ask myself, "How many candidates have a stranger turn up on their doorstep asking for a lawn sign to support their candidacy?" Those who know Liz and her capabilities best aren't surprised by this story. Many have written letters of support already, and there will be many more to come if she is successful in the primary on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Having supported Liz in her political campaigns, and more importantly been at her side for many years now observing her remarkable dedication to public service, I deeply understand and appreciate her broad-based commitment to our community. I wholeheartedly support her bid to return to the state House to represent us beyond our community.

Since moving to New Hampshire in 2000, Liz has embraced the strong value of volunteerism here in our state. She has worked diligently with "too numerous to count" not-for-profit groups, both locally and statewide. Liz's dedication and work ethic have been exemplary — from her first volunteer work with the Sanbornton Historical Society, to her current participation on the LRGHealthcare and Genesis Behavioral Health Boards, and to other groups based locally, across the state, and nationally. (After a rigorous vetting process, Liz was recently invited and is now honored to serve on the American Hospital Association Committee on Governance, giving New Hampshire and our Lakes Region a voice at the highest level of national health care policy development.) Her past career experience with both small businesses and large corporations has trained her to be efficient and goal/outcome oriented in all of her work on behalf of others.

This determination and commitment is what helped her win in the 2008 election. She worked through a "write-in" primary and then won in the general election as state House representative. She did this by meeting personally with as many voters as possible, sitting down with them to better understand their issues and what the our neighbors then needed in a state representative. During that "freshman term" in the House, Liz was recognized by many of her veteran colleagues as one of the most effective new legislators they had ever observed.

Moving from Sanbornton to Laconia in 2011, Liz has continued with her volunteer and community work in the Lakes Region. Committed to "Putting Laconia First" as one of our state representatives, she has been steadily building her visibility in our city.

Liz, I, and several of her enthusiastic supporters have knocked on 500 doors to meet and talk with voters, walked in parades, and put up promotional signs. She communicates through her Facebook page to those who want to know more about her background and experience. She has done what she can but her efforts to continue her exemplary public service are on the line Tuesday with the Primary Election.

Now it's your turn. Please join the lady who requested that Liz Merry lawn sign yesterday, and vote for my wife on Sept. 13 in the Democratic Primary. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and if you vote for Liz, rest assured you that you won't regret your decision. She will deliver on all of her commitments.

Martin D. Merry, MD

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