To The Daily Sun,
Please let me introduce myself and give you some of the reasons I filed for Belknap County Commissioner for District 3, serving Center Harbor, Meredith, Gilford and Alton, I am Jonathan Smolin and ask you to consider voting for me on Sept. 13 in the Republican primary.
As long term residents of Alton, my family and I have enjoyed much of what the Lakes Region has to offer. Our children have been educated in the Alton public schools and I am employed as a surgical assistant at a local hospital. As well, I have significant private business experience in administering a nursing school and running a surgical assistant business.
There have been a number of articles over the past several years which highlight county operations and problems pertaining to same: Budgetary authority, the need for an affordable addition and renovation to the County Jail, issues impacting the County Nursing Home and so forth.
I believe that my business background and job experience have provided me with a skill set that will be useful in dealing with these and other issues.
Looking forward, I think that the county should be aware of a tendency on the part of the federal and state governments to downshift spending to a local level while at the same time imposing stringent standards, To build out significant programming to meet every perceived need and to hope that the federal government will continue funding support for them five years from now is unwise.
While we need to expand programming in some cases — for example at the County Jail — we must be cautious that
any services we add remain affordable to Belknap County.
I hope to meet many of you in the coming months with the thought that helping to serve the larger community in which I live will be a contribution to life in Belknap County, a life which my family and I embrace.
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