Not what I expect in a candidate

Letter to the editor:

I am not going to ask voters to vote for a particular candidate. I would just like to remind District 8 residents, which include those in Antrim, Bennington and Francestown, about one Republican state Senate candidate that attempted to serve the Town of Deering.

Upon moving to town, he ran to the state and got a sign showing that he personally picks up litter along a certain stretch of Route 149. Folks I know in New Hampshire who perform community service don’t need a sign to brag that they do something twice a year. Deering folk serve their neighbors and friends on an as needed basis 24/7.

While on the Board of Selectman, he became too busy to attend meetings. My question would be, did he continue to take his stipend quarterly?

This man was also the BOS representative to Deering Planning Board. I could check the records but, I believe he came to two meetings. Planning Board is a volunteer committee, no stipend. Because he did not attend meetings, he is unaware of the significance of the Master Plans to New Hampshire communities. Please Google N.H. Master Plan Chapter 674:2 and see for yourself how important a Master Plan is for New Hampshire communities. The Planning Board recently had a visioning session for use in updating the plan. We had a wonderful turnout on a Saturday morning. This particular N.H. State Senate candidate was a no show.

He once commented at a town meeting, “I don’t know if you know who Steve Forbes is, but I had dinner with him last night...” Perhaps he and Steve should have donated the cost of the meal to the Hillsboro Area Food Pantry, to ensure that our school children have full stomachs?

Name dropping and self-promotion are not strong qualities for someone who is charged with representing Deering voters in the N.H. Senate.

Deering has a Cemetery Committee consisting of three people. Meetings are held in a private home. No minutes are taken, nor did the committee turn in a budget request. A town committee should be meeting in the Town Hall as the meeting is open to the public.

Elizabeth N. Kelly


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