To The Daily Sun,
Everyone complains about the inability of our congressional representatives to cooperate in solving problems on the national level in Washington. But it also seems our current state representatives have little ability to overcome gridlock on the local level here in New Hampshire. The past few years have been full of stories about important issues for the average citizen — our schools, our jails, our roads, our mental health system — being road-blocked by extreme opinions that influence our legislators in Concord.
There is a new person running for state representative from Laconia this election who has the power to rise above gridlock and solve problems. His name is Tom Dawson, and he knows how to get things done. He's been a neighbor of mine for years, and I know he is honest, capable, and responsible. He understands a wide range of state issues, and he has broad experience in solving complex problems and promoting consensus between different groups of people, on the way to putting those solutions into action.
Dawson has already helped the citizens of District 3 in many important ways over the past decades. For example, he served for three terms on the Laconia School Board. Before that, he was appointed by the governor as state fire marshal to work with all the towns of New Hampshire. And he is a retired professor of fire technology who has taught at Lakes Region Community College for many years. In all of those capacities, he learned to deal with challenging budgets, to manage large numbers of people, and to promote the common good in the most responsible way possible.
Here are the issues he has spoken about and promoted during his life in public service. He represents the working class of average citizens. He supports the public schools and higher education. He stands up for New Hampshire women to achieve equality in the workplace and in health care. He supports a minimum wage increase and the right to collective bargaining for all workers in the state. I know he has the strength of character to pursue these issues with fairness, determination, and perseverance.
In short, when you go to the polls to vote on Nov. 4, if you are looking for someone who can make a difference in District 3, then Tom Dawson is your man. In fact, electing Thomas William Dawson to the state Legislature can make a difference for all of New Hampshire. He represents the common people like you and me, and he won't let us down.