If elected to represent Gilford & Meredith, I will listen to all sides

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.

Dorothy Piquado


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Rep. Glenn Cordelli is just one of those exceptional people

To The Daily Sun,

There are some people who run for and serve in public office for personal recognition or self aggrandizing opportunities. Other folks do it for the good it will bring to their business or personal enterprise. We have seen many of these characters in our years of observation, haven't we. However, once in a while someone comes along who actually has something to offer the public in the way of leadership, integrity, and a sense of respect for giving the public the best bang for their tax dollar possible.

Glenn Cordelli is one of those exceptional people. I have seen his participation at the oversight meetings dealing with the Carroll County mess. I receive communications from him with updates on state and local issues. Whether attending local board of selectmen's meetings or a meeting of the Carroll County Delegation and Commissioners, he comes prepared, ready to engage in the discussion, fully equipped to express his views and offer resolutions, often educating those who didn't come as prepared. The way a person presents themselves in public venues demonstrates whether they are present only to be seen or there to make a difference. Glenn makes a difference.

His hard work has been recognized nationally as being one of 21 legislators in 19 states in the Class of 2014 Emerging Leaders because of their "potential and ability they have shown to have an impact in their state..." Part of the criteria for this achievement is "... a strong commitment to ideas leading to more private-sector jobs and more effective government at lower costs." He has proven his innovation and tenacity by the bills he has sponsored. He has studied the subject, conferred with people related to the issue and comes prepared to offer his ideas for balancing spending with good results for his constituents.

If you are from Moultonborough, Tuftonboro or Sandwich I urge you to vote in November. And do yourself, your town, the county and the state a favor and vote to re-elect Glenn Cordelli.

Rick Heath


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My father is nice & considerate; I hope he's elected state rep

To The Daily Sun,

"My father is running for Laconia School Board. He wants to go to the meetings to help the kids in the school. He helps my brother and me with our homework. I am 9 and my brother Ben is 10. My father is nice and considerate of others. I hope he wins."

This was a letter to the editor that I wrote back in 1984, when my father, Dr. Thomas Dawson, was running for his first term for Laconia School Board. I still remember the excitement surrounding the election and the satisfaction he took from that role (which he served for three elected terms).

I confidently endorse my father in his run for a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Laconia - District 3. He has been a citizen of Laconia for decades and would truly work for the interests of Laconians. He has gained respect during his time as a member of the Laconia School Board and within the educational community as a beloved professor of Fire Protection at Lakes Region Community College.

The one attribute that speaks volumes to any election candidate is one of values. My father's moral compass is unsurpassed, with an ethical demeanor and sound character. He exemplifies honesty and fairness. Dr. Dawson is highly intelligent, professional, and selfless. He will work tirelessly for the people of Laconia and New Hampshire if elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives and I proudly support his run in November's election.

Caroline Dawson

Daughter of NH House Candidate Thomas Dawson


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While running as Democrat, Dawson fits few political stereotypes

To The Daily Sun,

Contrary to my usual practice, I am going to write a letter of support for a candidate who is not in my district and for whom I cannot vote. But I wish I could. I heartily support Dave Pollak's bid for office as County Commissioner from District 1, Laconia.

I have known Dave for years, both as a co-worker and as a personal friend. An ethical man of principle and brass-bound integrity, Dave never struck me as a "professional" politician. He is simply seeking to serve his community and to "make a difference." In fact, I was rather surprised when he told me he would be running for county commissioner. While I do not always agree with him, I have found him to be a person who will listen respectfully to anyone and can be counted upon to tell the truth.

Although today he is an educator, Dave will bring a wealth of other "real life" experience and knowledge to the office. He has been an attorney and the owner of a construction company. He chose education as another career because he believes in making a difference. He is very knowledgeable about the issues surrounding the Belknap County Jail. In addition to his regular job, he has participated in educational activities at the County Jail. He has also taught in the criminal justice program at Plymouth State University. He is respected by his students and colleagues. He has often taken a leadership role among his faculty colleagues and seeks to reach consensus with others.

While he is running as a Democrat, again, Dave fits few political stereotypes. He is logical and analytical. He is actually quite moderate on many issues and in any case, always seeks "common ground" with those who may disagree with him. Of course I encourage the Democrats in his district to come out and vote for him in November, but I would also encourage Republicans to vote for him or even write him in on the Republican ticket. I think he is a Democrat they would respect.

E. Scott Cracraft


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Enthusiasm for Senator Hosmer is misplaced, and dead wrong

To The Daily Sun,

Susan Collins of Northfield recently wrote that Senator Hosmer "has been a strong advocate for education." It is true, but only for his own kids. His kids can attend private schools because he writes the check for it, but the program that allows New Hampshire lower-income families to send their kids to private school with scholarships donated by businesses, Senator Hosmer votes against. Do as I say, not as I do.

Susan also writes that Hosmer fought to keep UNH tuition frozen, but he wasn't even in the Statehouse when that fight began. Does any right-minded person think that UNH would have voluntarily frozen tuition if it wasn't forced to by the Legislature? The Legislature said, "Get your financial house in order and stop the practice of giving automatic pay raises to faculty (some who were making already over $ 200,000 per year) and stop thinking of the taxpayers as your ATM card."

And one more thing ... the famous 50-percent budget cut (which really only amounted to a cut of 6 percent of the UNH budget) that Democrats like to point out as being "anti-education" was almost instantly recovered by UNH in an alumni fundraiser. UNH finally did what every other state university in the country does. It fund-raised from alumni.

Susan's enthusiasm for Senator Hosmer is not only misplaced. It's dead wrong. Kathy Rago will be the lobbyist for parents and taxpayers. We need her representation in Concord.

Greg Hill


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