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I will work in a positive manner to keep Bristol a wonderful town

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.

Leslie Dion


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Paul Perkins is the right man for the Gilmanton Road Agent job

To The Daily Sun,

I've lived in Gilmanton nearly 30 years, and have not seen a more capable road agent than we have now in Paul Perkins. I see no reason to make a change. A lifelong resident, he knows the roads, and he is an honest, hardworking man.

Living on likely one of the most difficult-to-maintain dirt roads in town (Sargent Road/Guinea Ridge Road), I'm pleased to say that I've rarely had trouble getting to work each day, in spite of often challenging weather conditions. Remembering one occasion, an ice dam in the brook next to my drive caused the brook to jump over the snow bank and across the road. One phone call brought the backhoe right away and Paul himself supervised the repair.

Please join me in voting for Paul Perkins. He's the right man for the job.

Maureen Ballester


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