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Waring will be focused on making fiscally thoughtful decisions

To The Daily Sun,

I'm writing to endorse Glen Waring for county commissioner. My family and I have known Glen Waring since 1992, when he joined our family automobile dealership as its office manager. At the time, Glen was only 23 years old and fresh out of college with a Bachelor's degree in accounting. Within a short time, Glen became our CFO, overseeing every aspect of our growing business. Glen paid close attention to every spending decision. He would say "If you watch the pennies, the dollars will follow."

Even then, just starting out, Glen impressed everyone as focused and mature beyond his years. He's conservative, thoughtful, and deliberate in every decision he makes. He pays attention to the details. That was 20 years ago.

Glen's qualities and strength of character remain impressive today, and his experience has only improved. As the past county finance director, Glen has the unique combination of public and private sector business experience. He understands the sensitive balance between keeping taxes low while providing essential county services. No one else has Glen's in-depth level of understanding of county operations — he's seen it from within.

Glen can be trusted to always do the right thing, to listen to the people he represents and to make wise, business decisions. Glen's not a politician, he's a no-nonsense business person who will not waste time politicizing a level of local government that should not be mired in political or personal drama. Glen's driven to make a difference. He has experience collaborating with others to build consensus and achieving results, and he understands that personal agendas distract.

I know Glen will remain singularly focused on fiscally thoughtful decisions for the good of the county. There's work to be done, and Glen Waring is a serious-minded, hard worker, best suited for the job.

I urge you to vote Waring for commissioner on Sept. 13 and return the Belknap County Commission to a functioning board, working to meet the needs of the taxpayers.

Donna Gaudet Hosmer
AutoServ Dealerships

Tilton

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I'm a member of the delegation & I strongly support Hunter Taylor

To The Daily Sun,

A recent headline to a letter said that voters should support a candidate for county commissioner because his opponent, incumbent Commissioner Hunter Taylor, wasn't receiving letters (in support) from the current county delegation. This has prompted me to respond. Normally I don't publicly take sides during a primary even though I usually have a preference. This is because I want to strongly support the primary winner in November. In my conversations with several of the current delegation they expressed similar positions.

Since Mr. Smolin encouraged the delegation to comment, I will say that I very strongly support Hunter Taylor.

Prior to his appointment as commissioner, by a 15-0 vote of the delegation, Hunter had followed county actions very closely, attended meetings, spoke at the meetings, wrote detailed letters, and thoroughly familiarized himself with the details of county operations. He researched other correction facilities built around the country and was the individual who first identified the Sullivan County facility and programs as great models for Belknap County to follow. That was at a time when many knew that the $42 million correction facility proposal of the then serving commissioners was not the solution, but the details of a better and far less costly solution had not yet been identified.

Because of this preparation, Hunter stepped into the middle of a hectic budget season joining the two other commissioners in assisting the delegation in the trimming of the bloated budget proposed by their predecessors. He took charge of negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the four county unions, all of whom had been without agreements for four years. Three of them have been successfully negotiated with significant savings to the county and near or full unanimous votes of approval of the unions. He is still negotiating the fourth (most recent meeting on Sept. 7) and I'm sure he'll complete it. Hunter is dedicated, experienced, and knowledgeable with a common-sense approach. Having dealt with many commissioners over the past 12 years, there have been few more capable than Hunter in this office.

In endorsing Hunter, I felt compelled to look at the background of his opponent. Not relying on just the newspaper stories, I looked at the numerous court findings involving him over the past 10 years. The newspaper articles are accurate. I encourage anyone considering voting for Mr. Smolin to first look for him or herself at the court findings.

Frank Tilton
State Rep., District 3
Laconia

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