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I'm running for Selectboard and Planning Board in Belmont

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Jim Spiller, I'm a native of Kittery, Maine, a small-business owner and Belmont resident for more than nine years, and I am running for the positions of selectman and Planning Board member in Belmont.

Unlike many others that may choose to run in these trying times, I am not running because I have any particular anger or concerns with the current administration of our town. I think that they have all done a fine job. I am running simply because I believe I am qualified and I very strongly believe that these elected positions should not become long-term or semi-permanent positions. A lack of diversity in these positions can lead to a narrowing of perspective over time, complacency and expectations can set in, and there are more opportunities for personalities to clash.

I commit to give 110 percent during my three-year tenure as a selectman or on the Planning Board. I would then step aside for someone with a fresh perspective to fill my spot.

About me personally:

My wife Sue and I have four adult children and six grandchildren, three of whom are currently in the Shaker School District, with one more soon to join them. Like many families today, we have a daughter and two grandchildren who have fallen on hard times and are living with us temporarily. So I understand first-hand the day-to-day struggle to make ends meet in this difficult economy.

I am retired from the Navy as an aviation electronics technician. In that time I earned l several letters of commendation for cost-cutting measures as well as for community service. I served more than 16 years on active duty and six years on reserve duty, in multiple technical, quality control, supervisory and instructor positions.

I have an associate's degree in business management.

In the civilian sector I have served in a variety of positions in a broad spectrum of industries such as technician, instructor, quality manager, customer service manager, production manager and technical writer.

I have owned Tank Testing Services of New England since 2009. It had been in business under the previous owner for 21 years. We provide testing services, primarily in Vermont and New Hampshire to the petroleum industry, gas stations, schools, airports municipal buildings and truck terminals to name a few.

All of these positions in my military and civilian career have served to build a background of flexibility, working with others and building consensus on a variety of projects. I was also required to learn new aircraft systems and a wide variety of civilian products in a short time. All of these experiences will serve me well in coming quickly up to speed in these positions.

I humbly ask for your trust, your support and your vote in continuing to keep Belmont on a positive and responsible path into the future.

The Belmont High School Student Council is hosting Belmont Candidates Night; Tuesday evening, March 1, at 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont High School. Please come on out and join me and all the other candidates for what I'm sure will be an informative session. I look forward to seeing and meeting with you there.

Jim Spiller


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Bristol needs a person who will look at issues with objectivity

To The Daily Sun,

By now you are tired of the letters to the editors, endorsements, and promises and maybe you're unsure who to believe and put your trust in. I will say this about the four other candidates running for Bristol Board of Selectmen, they are all qualified in their own way and they want to help Bristol move forward in a positive manner. Bristol needs a person who will look at issues objectively and provide fresh ideas. I believe I'm the person that can provide innovative and creative ways to move Bristol forward in a positive manner. I listen, I plan, I analyze and then I act.

I ask for your vote on March 8th and please come out to the Town Meeting on March 12 starting at 9 a.m. to add your voice.
John Sellers

Candidate for Selectman


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