To The Daily Sun,
I would like to introduce myself to the residents of Tilton and Northfield and ask for their votes on March 10 for the position of Fire Commissioner. To avoid any confusion though, I am not the guy with the pallet shop on Sargent Street. That would be my father and he has not been responsible for my opinions and/or actions for quite some time.
I do, however, hope to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather, Raymond Manning, by serving the residents as he did. Love the man or not, he was the best road agent Tilton ever had, and his 25 years in the elected position is testament to the fact. My point is not to ride his coattails but rather let you all know you can count on me as much as you did him.
I would like to emphasize that my interest in running stems from a fiscally responsible mindset whereby I aim to balance the public safety mission with being a good steward of taxpayer monies. It is my belief that my background gives the voters a sound choice for this position.
I am a long-time resident of the community of Tilton and graduated from the local school district in 1986. From that point I pursued a career in the Army, retiring as a master sergeant in 2010 after 23-plus years. Since my retirement I have been attending college as a full-time student, graduating from Plymouth State this past May and currently working on my Master's degree with UMass Boston.
During my military service, I served in numerous leadership positions managing personnel, equipment, and funds. As a program manager within the recruiting command, I was responsible for the obligation and disbursement of federal funds, obtaining purchase agreements, and oversight of assigned equipment. This position required training and certification which emphasized the gravity of obligating funds and the laws governing said actions. This was a position I took very seriously as I know those funds come from the community in which I reside.
You can count on me to take the position of Fire Commissioner just as seriously should you honor me with your votes.
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