To The Daily Sun,
My name is Michael J. Jean, and I am a candidate for the position of Gilmanton selectman. I have lived in Gilmanton for about 10 years with my wife, Leona, whose ancestors lived here in Gilmanton in the 1800s.
I feel that I am the most knowledgeable of all the candidates due to my past experience as selectman for the town of Epping for three years. I am well-versed in the duties and responsibilities of a selectman. I take pride in looking for what is best for the town and the residents of Gilmanton. I think common sense goes a long way in decision making. I like to be a proactive selectman who will take the time to talk to people in town and get their opinions on things they would like to see. I have always had an open-door policy.
My goal is that town department heads should run the departments they were hired or elected to and exercise their skills. The only time that the selectmen should impose themselves on department heads is for their reviews or when there are issues that should be addressed.
I will do my best to serve the people of Gilmanton in order to maintain the integrity of the town I will not only listen to what residents' needs are, but I will gladly meet with them so I fully understand their situations and concerns.
Professionally, I work for the State of New Hampshire Adjutant Generals Department (New Hampshire National Guard) as a technician and as a call firefighter for Gilmanton. In addition I have owned two property investment limited liability companies (LLC) here in Gilmanton for about 10 years.
I would very much appreciate your Vote for Michael J. Jean on Tuesday, March 10, at the Gilmanton School Gymnasium. If you cannot get out to the polls, please call the Town Clerk Debra Cornett to request an absentee ballot. I look forward to serving as your next selectman.
Michael J. Jean