To The Daily Sun,
It is definitely with mixed feelings that I will be retiring from my position as Grafton County Commissioner for District 3 — an area of 17 towns from Campton to Bristol, Canaan to Holderness. As I finish my fourth term I look back so fondly on my eight years traveling to Haverhill for the weekly meetings and many, many other countywide events with my colleagues, including our late great and dear Ray Burton.
I feel positive that I am leaving the county in better condition with a forward-looking vision as we all face many issues — some easy to resolve, others will be challenging. Working with two other colleagues (all 10 counties in New Hampshire have three commissioners) has been special and always non-partisan as we make decisions on how we can help our citizens in the best way. A way that is fiscally prudent but aiding those who are most vulnerable. This includes a Department of Corrections, from which we hope the released inmates will have gained new positive living skills, an award-winning and caring nursing home with about 130 residents with various diagnoses yet arriving sicker than in past years, a dairy farm with 80 cows producing wonderful milk, a large vegetable gardening program feeding the inmates and nursing home residents, as well as public sales, pigs, and chickens — did you know our farm is the last New Hampshire county dairy farm?
We have the innovative alternative sentencing programs including the drug court, mental health court, adult sentencing, and juvenile restorative program, all created to give alternatives to incarceration when feasible. And the wood chip biomass plant whose building I spearheaded with a volunteer committee and erected without extra taxes being levied onto our citizens — now saving thousands of gallons of oil, and dollars.
I have great pride in knowing that Grafton County is held in high esteem throughout the state in how we conduct business, have good relations with our legislative delegation, and as commissioners value and respect one another's opinions.
So it is with great pride and anticipation of his being elected as the next commissioner for District 3 that I am thrilled to endorse Bill Bolton of Plymouth. Bill's exemplary work when he was state registrar and director, the Division of Vital Records Administration, with very creative, innovative and forward-thinking projects will be an added boon to our county's IT department whose needs are always changing in this technological age.
Having served on Plymouth's Selectboard gives him an advantage in knowing town governance, as well as his many volunteer positions in the region. Like me, he wants to increase the connections with PSU for internships with the county from the nursing home to the DOC to the courts. Geriatric issues are foremost as we are a fast-aging region with big implications in so many arenas. Bill is ready.
I leave knowing Grafton County will thrive and do so with Bill Bolton representing District 3 and I hope you will vote for him. And I thank all of my constituents for the confidence and support you gave me all these years. It's been a great ride.
Grafton County Commissioner
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