To The Daily Sun,
It is my honor to serve as the Grafton County Commissioner for District 3, comprising 17 towns from Bristol to Orange, Holderness to Canaan. I am writing to announce my campaign for re-election, and am asking for your vote on the primary date, Sept. 9, and again on Nov. 4, the date of the general election.
I am running because my work as your county commissioner is not done. And, having shared part of my current term with our special late friend, Ray Burton, I want to continue working for this great county and in the spirit of Ray's special tradition of public service.
As your county commissioner, I have been a leader who has brought results that have benefited our county. One of my proudest accomplishments has been overseeing the completion of the wood chip biomass plant to its start-up last fall with savings to you, the taxpayers, of $151,000 since last September.
I also organized and led several meetings with providers of mental health care in our region which has been sorely lacking in mental health services for years. I learned an immense amount from this group who struggle on a daily basis in managing the needs of the mentally ill without resources, extra personnel, facilities, or sufficient state support. We are now beginning to see some important changes in the delivery of mental health services, thanks to Gov. Hassan's budget. I will continue to advocate for both the providers and the patients in our county.
The primary responsibilities of the county commissioners are to oversee important county functions administered by the executive director and departmental heads like the highly regarded nursing home, the now two-year-old Department of Corrections in transition with a new superintendent in November, the sheriff's office, dispatch, the Superior Court, and the historic county farm. Managing all this and helping the county's most vulnerable citizens must be balanced by considering an appropriate level of costs of county services and the taxation impact on the county residents. The twenty-seven member County Legislative Delegation has the final vote on the budget each fiscal year based on much study, discussion, and input from many sources.
If re-elected I will continue to be fiscally responsible, but will also be a voice for the needs of our county's citizens, be it the elderly or the troubled youth population. My fellow commissioners, Mike Cryans and Linda Lauer, share this commitment to our social services and non-profit groups in Grafton County. Our county is rebounding from the economic downturn as we are now seeing fewer foreclosures, new business start-ups, and our unemployment rate is the lowest of the 10 New Hampshire counties.
Opposition to the Northern Pass and the industrial wind projects continue to be non-partisan issues in this region and farther north. I will continue my very strong opposition to these projects in how they're sited and will only grudgingly agree to the Northern Pass if it is totally buried in its 187-mile length down the State rights-of-way, thus ensuring revenue to the state. I led the first discussion of this abhorrent project in Holderness in February 2011, got the well-known yellow signs designed, printed, and distributed initially, have attended numerous meetings, and have dogged our candidates about their position on the project.
I urged the Alexandria residents at the outset of Iberdrola's industrial wind plans of "Buyer Beware" and learn the facts, which they surely did in their excellent pursuit of fighting that project which has now been abandoned.
I have a proven track record of leadership, compassion, and integrity. I am asking for your vote on Primary Day, Sept. 9, and on Nov. 4, Election Day. I'll be attending many summer and fall events in my seventeen towns and look forward to meeting many of you. I also welcome your help in my campaign.
Grafton County Commissioner