To The Daily Sun,
The Gilmanton selectmen seem to be having a difficult time attempting to do their duty in appointing a third selectman.
The idea that a precedent or a tradition has been set, thus indicating that Mr. Currier is the appropriate choice is not convincing. Circumstances change and even the thought that those who supported him as a write-in candidate would still support him is tenuous.
Mr. Jean makes valid points that 623 voters opposed Mr. Currier in the election and, that if there is, in fact, a precedent to be followed, it would be that Jim Barnes would be the logical choice now.
Additionally Mr. Guarino's comment to and about Rachel Hatch was totally inappropriate and he should apologize. This and other remarks show that his mind is already closed on this topic.
If Mr. Currier is chosen for the position there is the potential of creating difficulties for his own son and the Police Department. For him to simply recuse himself when police matters arise is more complicated now.
Perhaps those 623 voters who did not support Mr. Currier will contact Mr. Jean and thank him for following their wishes. It is interesting that Mr. Jean has said that he would support Brian Forst or Rachel Hatch. Surely there is a compromise here if Mr. Guarino chooses to recognize it.
By focusing on experience, Mr. Jean has also shown that he is the adult in the room.
Gilmanton Iron Works
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