To The Daily Sun,
In the past couple of months I have heard many people state that they are glad that Colette Worsman and Bob Greemore are not running for re-election and they hope that our County Convention can return to being civil and productive.
I attended many of the Belknap County Convention meetings in 2014. I think we can all agree that what has transpired under Rep. Worsman (Chair) and Rep. Greemore's (Co-Chair) leadership over this year in the convention has been shameful. They have led with a political agenda that has taken precedent over county needs and have treated the County Commissioners that we elected with outright disrespect. While none of us expect our elected officials to agree all the time, or any one to be right all the time, we do expect them to be able to be civil to each other and to effectively collaborate to reach decisions that are in the best interest of those they serve.
It is evident that Reps. Worsman and Greemore, both from Meredith, have been driven and acted only in the best interest of their political agenda. They tout that they have acted to save us tax dollars but have actually cost the county more then the $15 or so they may have saved us in taxes. Was all the angst, disrespect and blatant rudeness worth it?
We do have the opportunity to return the county to responsible leadership when we vote on Nov. 4.
I encourage all voters in Belknap County to consider what has transpired in our county over the last two years and let their vote tell the County Convention that we wish to return to leadership that is civil and productive. While Worsman and Greemore are not on the ballot there are many candidates who mirror their voting records and who would continue in the same fashion they have established.
Rep. Herb Vadney, Meredith, has voted and acted in lockstep with his Meredith counterparts and will continue the same. Rep. Frank Tilton, Laconia, chair of the Executive Committee, has stood firm with Worsman and Greemore through all of the turmoil and will continue the same. Rep. Mike Sylvia, Belmont, who is part of the Free State movement, seldom participated in the discussions at the convention meetings but voted every time with Rep. Worsman and will continue the same. Glen Aldrich, another member of the Free State Movement, is running this year to represent Gilford and Meredith. He has been endorsed by Rep. Sylvia and will continue the same.
Given the growth of the Free State Movement and the Tea Party throughout Belknap County and the fact that these candidates run as Republicans, it is important to understand that all those who now run as Republicans do not share the principles or practices of what the Republican Party has stood for. It is increasingly important that we all learn about the candidates and what they truly represent.
I will vote to return Rep. Lisa DiMartino, Gilford, to Concord. She has been an independent thinker which her votes reflect. Lisa always acts with respect and thoughtfulness which is much needed in Belknap County. She represents what we should seek others to mirror in Concord and in our County Convention.
I feel that Sandy Mucci, Dorothy Piquado, and Nancy Frost have the same independent perspective and will vote for what is best for Belknap residents, not by party line.
Please learn about the candidates before you vote, all those elected in Belknap County impact all of us.
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