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Alton will greatly benefit from having McDonald & Howard on board

To The Daily Sun,

This year we are fortunate in Alton to have two excellent candidates for selectman, Virgil McDonald and Ray Howard.

Virgil has been a selectman for the past year and has proven himself to be a balanced and caring member of the board. He was a responsible member of the Budget Committee in the past and his home and his heart are here in Alton where he has spent his life. He knows the citizens and cares about the town.

Ray Howard is currently our state representative and a member of the Belknap County Delegation, so he is already working for the citizens of Alton and Belknap County. He will keep the board and the citizens up to date on the goings on in Concord and Laconia and how they will affect the town and its tax base. As we do not have "home rule" in New Hampshire it will be very helpful for a selectman to share this information with the board and the citizens.

Please consider voting for Virgil McDonald and Ray Howard in the town elections on Tuesday, March 8. Our town will benefit greatly with Virgil and Ray on the Selectboard.
Phil & Chris Wittmann

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I am no longer running for Selectboard in Bristol; I will vote for Morrison & Sellers

To The Daily Sun,

After much thought and consideration, I have decided to suspend my campaign for Bristol Selecboard. I am stepping aside and putting my support behind J. P. Morrison and John Sellers.

I wish to thank all those who encouraged me to run and supported my candidacy. My reasons for ending my campaign are many, but foremost is the desire to finish out my term on the Bristol Budget Committee as a voice for the taxpayers to hold the line on spending with an eye to prioritization of projects and support for the needs of the departments.

Voters should be concerned with several trends happening with elected positions. First is the trend for electing those who end up making decisions that directly impact them personally. If you look at the Budget Committee only, you will find the majority of the officials are retired from or receive part-time wages from the town as fire department and other department employees. Some who are running for offices this year would present the same issue.

There is also a trend to vilify those who wish to do their due diligence as defined by (state law) to serve the best interest of the town and the taxpayer.

My support will go to J.P. and John as I believe they do not stand to gain personally and will have the best interest of the town foremost in their oversight and deliberations on our behalf.

As we approach Election Day March 8 and Town Meeting on March 12, I see us as approaching a fork in the road of either the continuation of good honest oversight of all departments equally, or a return to government by the few for the few.

Prioritization is the key with Town Meeting warrant articles this year. I ask that you consider your vote carefully. Does it make sense to vote for candidates that have special interests in the outcomes of decisions on budgets and projects or does it make better sense to elect candidates that are looking to serve with unbiased but focused intent in the best interest of the town?

What are the priorities facing our community right now? Participation is necessary if you want to take part in deciding the future of Bristol. Whatever your decision, your vote is your voice. Please exercise it. Please join me in voting at the polls and at Town Meeting as I feel your vote does matter no matter what your beliefs.

William "Bill" Cote


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