To The Daily Sun,
I am delighted that Mike Cryans is running for a full term on the New Hampshire Executive Council from District 1, and I hope you will all join me in voting for Mike on Nov. 4.
Executive Council District 1 is the single-largest voting district in our state, larger than either Congressional District. It covers two entire counties (Coos and Grafton) and parts of five others (Belknap, Carroll, Merrimack, Strafford and Sullivan) and comprises four cities (Laconia, Berlin, Lebanon and Claremont), 103 towns and 19 unincorporated places. The district was ably represented for 34 years by the legendary Ray Burton.
A district that large and diverse requires an executive councilor who can unite and balance the interests of the entire district, not divide us and alienate us with narrow-minded politics. Ray Burton succeeded by listening, not lecturing.
Mike Cryans knows how to listen and lead. As a Grafton County Commissioner for 17 years, Mike brings a respectful and civil tone to public office and a deep understanding of the needs of New Hampshire and the North Country.
Mike's varied experience as a schoolteacher and coach, as a senior executive for a local bank, as a small-business owner, and as the executive director of a community non-profit, will serve his district well. We need Mike's common sense and good judgment on the Executive Council.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:34
To The Daily Sun,
Carolyn Mello for State Senate in District 2 is right for us.
Carolyn believes in putting people first, as opposed to corporations and special interest groups. She feels the need to invest in public education which is for all students as opposed to charter schools that are for a select few.
Carolyn wants to increase the minimum wage to at least $9 an hour that could be accomplished gradually in order to give businesses time to adjust. This increase would help working families who are struggling and the money would absolutely go back to the economy.
Carolyn also opposes the "Right to Work" philosophy, which would erode collective bargaining rights.
Carolyn feels the Medicaid expansion has been helpful to many who are in need. It is only right to help those who require these essential medical services.
Carolyn is opposed to Northern Pass, but would consider burying the lines. She does not support the wind turbines that have been built in our area as they have impacted the beauty of our state. Both of these projects lower property values. She wants to continue exploring alternative energy sources such as solar.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:32
To The Daily Sun,
"How Can I Help?" If you ask me, these words are not spoken nearly often enough. I live in a small town, and in my professional life I work with people living with and recovering from mental illnesses. In politics it is often the small towns that get overlooked, and for the people with mental illness they have experienced years of being marginalized and overlooked by many. Sometimes, I get a little cynical and discouraged, for what often matters most to me personally and professionally seems of little concern to others.
My spirits are lightened by the simple phrase, "how can I help?" State Sen. Andrew Hosmer says this each and every time he sees me. I know he genuinely means this, because he follows it up with the most current information he has on my town and my work. Sen. Hosmer is well-suited to representing the citizens of his district, as he takes his job seriously and takes the time to keep himself informed and abreast of current issues for the community and his constituents. He is a capable leader who cares, and knows that his job is truly knowing that he can and will help. I hope that many of you will support him with your vote in November.
Sen. Hosmer deserves to continue the hard work he has embarked on this term, and Granite Staters deserve a representative in Concord who can and will take time to listen and learn.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:30
To The Daily Sun,
I attended a meeting of the Laconia City Council last Tuesday where they discussed the jail planning process. A common theme was that the councilors wanted the commissioners and County Convention of State Representatives to work better together — to talk to each other. I agree that that is a fundamental requirement if we are to get anything accomplished. I introduced myself to several candidates for state representative that I had not met before and found them quite congenial.
If elected, I will propose an afternoon retreat at a local no-cost venue for the reps, commissioners, and staff to get to know each other and our concerns better. I will propose that we invite a professional to design and facilitate the retreat. The goal will be to get the everyone off on the right foot. I have a location and a couple of facilitators in mind, and I'm sure that others will, too. We must work together to address the needs of our county and its citizens.
Please get out and vote on Nov. 4.
Candidate for Belknap Co. Commission
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:29
To The Daily Sun,
In less than two weeks, voters will go to the polls to elect a Grafton County Commissioner from this area. The commissioners' positions are extremely important because collectively they decide on a budget that affects all county residents, particularly the most needy citizens in the county.
Incumbent Martha Richards, a Holderness resident, brings six year's experience to the job, and she seeks re-election to this position. Martha has excellent organizational skills that are enhanced by her ability to work with leaders and constituents from both sides of the aisle. She has spent her life devoted to community service.
For example, Martha has chaired the annual Keep The Heat On event for nine years. This event is nonpartisan and brings together people from all walks of life who work on behalf of area communities. With her leadership, over $200,000 has been raised over the past nine years, and these funds have gone to the Plymouth Area Community Closet to be dispersed for fuel assistance.
As a resident of Grafton County, I am pleased that my commissioner keeps an open mind as she listens and evaluates budget requests with the goal of using county money in the most efficient manner. During her tenure as commissioner, she has voted with her fellow commissioners to provide appropriate levels of support for important social service organizations. In the past two years, Martha has spearheaded the effort to get the wood chip biomass plant up and running thereby saving taxpayers over $151,000 in fuel costs.
We need to re-elect Commissioner Martha Richards, a person who is dedicated to addressing the needs of our county's citizens. Please join me in voting for Martha on Nov. 4.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:27