To The Daily Sun,
As a member of the Belknap County Union Negotiating Team, it has been a pleasure to serve along side County Commissioner Hunter Taylor these past 18 months. Commissioner Taylor, as the leader of our team, provided the guidance necessary to overcome the many obstacles we faced in securing signed labor agreements.
Our negotiating team faced a situation where union employees had not had a pay raise or signed labor contract since 2012. We had to negotiate with two different unions and four different bargaining units each with unique concerns and objectives. We had to craft a different contract for each bargaining unit while making sure that all final contracts were equal in cost to the county taxpayer.
In two different negotiations we reached an impasse and it was Commissioner Taylor who suggested a solution that made it possible to move forward. The final result of this year's negotiations was three signed labor contracts, two of which were approved unanimously by union members and the County Convention.
In addition to his negotiating skills, Commissioner Taylor has demonstrated a dogged attention to detail and ability to "think outside the box." These skills helped significantly in the final design of the new Belknap County Correctional Facility ultimately saving Belknap County taxpayers approximately $34 million.
For the above reasons, I support Hunter Taylor for County Commissioner. I don't live in District 3 so can't vote for him, but as a county resident I have an interest in his winning the seat.