To The Daily Sun,
Sanbornton's Candidates' Night (thanks to Andy Sanborn and our wonderful library venue/staff!) took place and blossomed into an informative night. Town Meeting is the night of Wednesday, March 15 at Sanbornton Elementary School, with voting at Old Town Hall the day before, Tuesday the 14th. School Meeting is Saturday, March 25 at the high school, 9 a.m. start. The school's budget is the greatest part of our tax bill, and deserves our attention and support. Get yourself there.
We heard from three candidates for Budget Committee — and I'll give my two votes for 3-year seats to Ralph Rathjen (incumbent) and newcomer John Vorel. A 2-year seat gives us the choice of Justin Barriault or Bill Whalen. Mr. Barriault is now filling in the seat vacated by Katy Wells North when she became selectman — and I will vote for this young adult who was born and raised here and cares very much about our town. The electman's seat pits Sanbornton's long-time involved Katy Wells North against Dave Nickerson, who didn't show. Selectman Ober in the audience praised the amount of work done while Katy has filled in Johnny Van Tassel's seat the past five months. Applause followed. My vote goes to Katy Wells North.
A contested seat is for school board, three-year term. Sean Goodwin has ably done the job since 2007 and has two school-attending children in our system. His challenger didn't show. I'll vote for Sean Goodwin. Dana Knute has served ably on School Budget Committee, representing Sanbornton, and asks to continue. He has my thanks and vote.
The night closed with Tom Salatiello's praising our citizen legislature, which is Town Meeting. We get to discuss, resolve, vote. He reminds me of Granny D's urging: "Democracy is not something we have; it's something we do." Tom is on the ballot for Town Moderator, but he paused several times to praise the job Tim Lang has done. Tom told us his treatment for pancreatic cancer (5 years) includes the advice, "Do what you always do." So he got himself onto the ballot. I'll vote for Tim Lang.
A controversial Warrant Article is #12, to discontinue the method in place for funding future emergency rescue apparatus. Budget Committee member Roger Grey and petitioners put this to the voters. The Budget Committee voted not to support it, 6 – 1. Grey's vote for support is the only one it received. Come to Town Meeting and stay long enough, please, to defeat this article. Hear the common sense arguments for keeping the current system, then defeat Article 12. It comes last.
The Candidates' Night success owes thanks to moderator Pat Clark, who visits us from Tilton and keeps it all on track and friendly.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
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