To The Daily Sun,
My name is Leslie Dion and I am running for the open seat on the Bristol Selectboard. I have spent my life in the Newfound community and am a proud graduate of Newfound Regional High School. I spent six years on the Newfound Area School Board and enjoyed the challenge of working with a diverse group of people toward a common goal.
I am a believer in community building and collaboration and have been involved in many community projects over the past 20 years. I was the chairperson for the Multi-Use Path Project, am a board member on the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Bristol Rotary Club and active on a number of other local and regional committees.
I have considered running for the Selectboard a number of times over the years as I am interested in town government and have strong budget and managerial experience. I am a creative problem solver and have good collaboration skills. I have had the opportunity to attend or view many Select Board meetings in the past year. I believe that our Selectboard is at a crossroads and that they are currently not able to work as a team to do the business of our town. I find this disheartening.
I have no agenda for seeking a position. I have proven myself to be a fair, impartial and supportive partner in my collaborations with the town. I feel that I can bring a balance to the current board that will allow us to continue to move forward in a positive direction as a community. It is my opinion that our community has done many positive improvements over the past decade and I would like to see us keep moving in that direction. In my experience nothing good can come from working in a negative environment, but much can be accomplished when people feel valued for their contributions to their community.
If elected I promise to work in a positive manner to keep Bristol the wonderful town that I believe it is.
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