To The Daily Sun,
Voters of Sanbornton and Tilton have an excellent candidate running to represent them in the state Legislature from Belknap County District 4.
For almost eight years, I worked with John Vorel when he was instrumental in upgrading the state ski areas, as well as his work at the state Department of Resources and Development. I was also amazed at the fine job he did in developing the arts and entertainment scene in the Lakes Region. In all cases, John did not have bundles of money to work with. He had something better: A skill in building consensus around good ideas, whether they were his or those of others.
Business pundits say that meetings are places where minutes are taken, and hours are wasted. Anyone who has worked with John Vorel knows that the minutes of meetings he led are worth reading, and those who sat in his meetings never felt that a second was wasted.
John had tremendous vision concerning the issues facing New Hampshire in those years, as he does the same today. He listens and provides vision centered on what can be done, and what needs to be done. Given today's unique challenges of job creation and the response to the enormous opioid challenges, I would highly recommend that the voters of District 4 select a candidate who is a person of measured thought, and humane action.
The size of the New Hampshire Legislature is as much a burden as it is a virtue of our great state. The office of representative requires someone who is a great listener, and then a reasoned leader. It would be of little surprise to me that John Vorel would rise quickly in the Legislature as his knowledge and skills are superb.
Now, should any voters think that this letter is a puff-piece for John Vorel, rest assured that in my years as manager of the State of New Hampshire Tourism and Economic Development advertising account, John and I did not always agree on every issue. However, we always did seem to listen to and learn from each other's opinions and recommendations. The end-product of those engagements proved to be the bedrock of the fine advertising and marketing program that the state employs, and our visitors constantly remark about.
In total, John is a man of reason, intelligence, experience and commitment. District 4 could not have a better candidate than John Vorel.
Gary M. O'Neil
CEO, O'Neil Griffin Bodi
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