To The Daily Sun,
As a candidate for the Statehouse to represent District 2, the towns of Gilford and Meredith, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you and to give some of my reasons for running for public office.
First of all, I believe in the importance of building strong communities and in participating in community activities. There are many ways to do this: Serving on the Budget Committee or Library Board, running a Little League sports program, volunteering at the school or helping to refurbish a warming hut, organizing fund-raisers or supervising beautification projects, participating in local theater or choral groups. New Hampshire towns are filled with people who willing give their time and talents to benefit their communities.
For the past 10 years, I have joined many of you in volunteering at the local library, the hospital, and the Belknap County House of Corrections. Like so many of you, I support the Lakes Region Singers and the Winnipesaukee Playhouse as well as the Streetcar Company in their efforts to bring quality programs and productions to our residents. And I have been privileged to be one of many CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children who are in placement.
These are some of the ways that I have come to learn of the many issues that concern the citizens of District 2. I have also paid very close attention to the Belknap County Commission-Convention meetings and the general tone of mistrust that has dominated them. If elected, I promise to listen to all sides of an issue and to all the people that I will be privileged to represent.
Listening does not mean simply sitting politely while someone else is speaking, waiting your turn to voice what is on our mind or saying a dismissive "Thank you for your input." It means actually paying attention and seriously considering what someone else has said and then responding directly to it. It means having a genuine dialogue, and taking all voices and concerns into account to ensure that the best possible solutions to any issues are reached. All elected officials must be very aware that most of the people the represent will not have voted for them—either having voted for an opponent or not voted at all. Nevertheless state reps must represent and consider everyone, not just their supporters. We need to work together.
In the coming weeks I will be attending candidate forums, making phone calls and knocking on doors, hoping to meet you and asking you what your concerns are. I will also be writing additional letters outlining some of my positions. On Nov. 4, I ask you to vote for me, Dorothy Piquado, as well as for Lisa DiMartino, Nancy Frost, and Sandy Mucci.
Together we can continue to strengthen our wonderful community.
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