To The Daily Sun,
This letter is to provide a wholehearted endorsement of Dr. Thomas "Tom" Dawson for state representative for the Laconia area. Although no longer a Laconia resident, I have been honored to have known Tom for 45 years and feel honored to have him as a friend.
I met Tom when he was my instructor as I worked toward my associate's degree in Fire Protection from the New Hampshire Vocational College. I was working as a fireman for the Laconia Fire Department at that time and raising my family in Laconia. That was 45 years ago. Since then Tom has served the residents of Laconia and the state of New Hampshire in several ways. First, not only was Tom our instructor in the Fire Protection Program, he was also key in the creation and implementation of this valuable program for the state.
Subsequently, I got to work closely with Tom in the 1980s when, as the fire marshal for the city of Concord, I worked with him as he served as the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal. His application of the state statutes addressing fire safety certainly helped make our residents safer.
Upon leaving the Fire Marshal's Office, Tom started a fire safety consulting firm again helping assure the safety of our residents. During this time Tom also ran for and was elected to the Laconia School Board where he served the city and its residents with integrity, even-handedness and compassion for many years.
It is Tom's demonstrated integrity, sense of fairness and compassion that prompts me to recommend that you vote for him as your state representative. He is a good man and will work diligently for the good of not only the people of Laconia but those in the entire state as well.
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