To The Daily Sun,
While on vacation with my family in Maine, I have learned that the current Belknap County commissioner from District 1 has
stated that there is a Burchell/Smolin campaign and that this campaign is responsible in some way for "a new low in Belknap politics."
I wonder why Mr. DeVoy, whom I have never met, believes that he can attack me with no evidence to substantiate his statements.
The people of Belknap County have every right to expect a higher level of conduct from a county commissioner. My campaign chair is my wife and neither she nor I have done anything like what Mr. DeVoy suggests.
I support Commissioner Burchell's campaign for re-election and am pleased to know that he supports me. However,
our campaigns are not linked.
There is evidence that Mr. DeVoy is linked to the campaign of Dick Burchell's opponent, however, as he has publicly stated this. When I tried to reserve advertising space for Sept. 10 in advance of the September 13 primary, I learned that Mr. DeVoy had reserved the space which I sought. Since Mr. DeVoy was elected to a four-year term, the obvious conclusion is that the space he reserved is for my opponent and/or Dick Burchell's opponent. For Mr. DeVoy to seek a unified board is his privilege, but I do not think that a majority of county residents will consider that to be prudent.
The statements of the commissioner from District 1 bear no relationship to the truth. He owes me an apology.
Belknap County Commissioner
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