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Consider serving as a Belknap County state representative

To The Daily Sun,

Have you ever read or heard something about our government in Belknap County or in our state and said to yourself, or to others, that you have much better ideas than you have been seeing from our existing politicians? Well, now is your chance to put your thoughts into action, and get well paid for it to boot.

There are now two vacancies in the delegation of state representatives from Belknap County because of the untimely passing of Rep. Flanders, Laconia (District 3) and the very recent resignation of Rep. Maloney, Alton/Gilmanton (District 5). Both seats have traditionally been held by Republicans.

Assuming the governor and Executive Council agree, the Flanders seat from District 3 in Laconia will be filled in a special election on Jan. 9, or at a general election on Feb. 27 if there is a primary required on Jan. 9. There is, as of now, no word yet on a special election for the Maloney seat.

If you have, or can make, the time to serve as a state representative, you will find it very rewarding personally. You will have the opportunity to have your voice heard on important issues in a more meaningful way than just griping about how bad things seem to be.

So, if you want to try to make a real difference and are a true Republican or Libertarian, you are encouraged to run for one of these now open seats. If you decide to do so, there are many people who will help you with your campaign, starting with this writer.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of these possibilities, including a step-by-step how-to-do-it guide, please feel free to contact me at 603-293-0565 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. But please do not delay.

State Rep. Norman Silber



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Job number one is to stop exodus of valued administrators

To The Daily Sun,

I am running for the Laconia School Board seat representing Ward 5. I am a very longtime resident of this great city and a 1985 graduate of Laconia High School. I decided to throw my hat in the ring because I am not an individual who sits on the sidelines and complains about things that I could have a say in if I were to just get involved.

Mal Murray has pointed out that I am “too interested in sports.” Not sure if there is such a thing as “too interested” in sports. Yes, I have a concern over what is happening to the sports programs and the coaching situations with our school teams. This will be our second year without “B-teams” at the middle school level. I have an issue with that.

I do see Mr. Murray’s point: “Academics must come first.” I believe that is something that we can all agree on. I agree with Mr. Murray when he says “we have had four superintendents in three years and three high school principals in just one year.” My question is “why”? Why the incredibly high turnover rate? What do we, as a school board and as a community need to do to “stop the bleeding” of our coveted educators leaving Laconia? To me, that is issue No. 1.

Unfortunately the Ward 5 seat is a contested position and someone will win and someone will lose. I’m asking that you allow me to come off the sidelines and get in the game. Only then will I be able to represent you and affect change to the way things are being done. I certainly do not have all the answers and, at this point, I am not even sure of all the questions, but I do subscribe to Henry Ford’s saying, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” And I have some concerns with what we’ve got.

Rodney Roy

Ward 5 School Board Candidate


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