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I wish I lived in Laconia so I could vote for Tom Dawson for state rep

To The Daily Sun,

It is rare that I write a letter in support of a political candidate not in my district and for whom I cannot vote, but I would like to make an exception in the case of Tom Dawson, who is running for the New Hampshire House from Laconia.

I have known Tom since I moved to this area more than 15 years ago. At one point we were co-workers. Although I have not always agreed with him, I have found him to be a reasonable and honest man. On a personal level, I know him to be a gentleman who always listens to others.

Tom's record of service to the state and community is impressive. Before he moved here he was the assistant to the fire chief in this nation's fourth largest city. He earned a doctorate in Fire Administration and at one point, served as New Hampshire's state fire marshal (under a Republican governor). Later, he started the Fire Science Program at Lakes Region Community College, an impressive and popular program. Later, he started the Fire Protection Technology program.
When I worked with him he always was a leader among his co-workers.

Tom is strong supporter of public education and especially of the state's community colleges, for which he worked for years. He also supports reproductive freedom for women. He can be depended on to always tell the truth and even if you disagree with him, he will listen carefully to your opinions and concerns. He has never shown any signs of being a "professional politician" and in his retirement, wishes to serve his state and community. I hope the voters in his district elect him. I wish I lived in Laconia so I could vote for him.

E. Scott Cracraft
Gilford

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Supervision & leadership not the same thing; vote Wright for sheriff

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Michael McCarn. I have lived in Laconia for the past 21 years. I worked in law enforcement in New Hampshire for 21 years full-time and a few years part-time. I retired from law enforcement full time in October 2013. I had the pleasure to work with many good officers and deputies between Laconia Police Department and Belknap County Sheriff's Office.

During my years working in law enforcement and becoming aware of the political aspect involved at the Sheriff's Department, I never would have imagined that a sheriff's race for the second smallest county in the state could generate more activity than the offices for our state representatives. The reason is that there are two candidates who can take this position that are well respected in the communities.

If you are looking for mudslinging, you will not find it in this article. I will write about William Wright and give you an idea of why I will vote for him.

I was a co-worker of William Wright for approximately 11 years at Belknap County Sheriff's Office. I saw firsthand William Wright's dedication and loyalty to the agency. Whether he was starting his shift early on his own time to staying late to ensure the day's duties were completed. He would take on those tasks that no one wanted and would become the resident expert in those areas.

A number of projects around the office he spearheaded and accomplished. These tasks were done with generally little to no recognition for his hard work. If there was work to be done William Wright was a go-to guy. I hated to ask him to assist me late in the day because I knew he generally was tasked with numerous duties and could not get what he needed completed. Many times when the sheriff and lieutenant were not in the office for extended times I saw William Wright step forward and make decisions in behalf of the Sheriff's Office.

William Wright has been involved in a number of assigned duties while working at Belknap County, giving him a very well informed and knowledge base for the daily routine at the office. William Wright was the consistent representative at the delegation meetings as a member of the Sheriff's Office. He told me once that if he did not go, then he could not remark on what had taken place during the meetings.

I was selected to go to two different FBI-sponsored leadership training sessions with William Wright and had numerous conversations about how the simple concepts we had learned about could improve the agency. Although I have retired, I see that William Wright continues his strong beliefs that the partners (the citizens of Belknap County) we had years ago are still there in the communities and different agencies and the Sheriff's Office would assist in any manner feasible.

I know that William Wright will expect only the most professional standards from his men and women who work for him and provide leadership. William Wright will hold the members of Belknap County Sheriff's Department accountable for completing their duties and tasks assigned to them.

Today we talk about supervision and leadership as being the same. I have worked for many supervisors that were not leaders. I have worked with many individuals that have true leadership ability that should be supervisors. There is a vast contrast between the two. William Wright leads by example and will not expect something from someone that he is not willing to do on his own.

Wright is a leader that will continue to go forth working for the citizens of Belknap County.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, be informed and make your decision to vote because it does and will make a difference.

Michael McCarn
Retired Sergeant

Belknap County County Sheriff's Department

Laconia

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