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Two Hancock residents announce bid for state rep

  • Tim Lord, a Hancock resident, announced his candidacy for the State House of Representatives for Hillsborough District 3. Courtesy photo—

  • Dan Pickering, a Hancock resident, announced his bid for State House Representative for Hillsborough District 3. Courtesy photo—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:47AM

Two Hancock residents have announced their bid for the state House of Representatives Hillsborough District 3 seat. 

The seat is currently being held by Rep. Jon Manley, D-Bennington, who recently announced his decision to step away from the post citing “personal reasons” in a recent letter to the editor. 

District 3 covers Bennington, Greenfield, and Hancock.

Republican 

Tim Lord, a Hancock resident, announced his candidacy for the State House of Representatives for Hillsborough District 3.

“I do this because I understand the crucial issues facing our towns and our state and I believe that I can make a positive contribution to solving them,” Lord wrote in a letter to the editor. 

Lord listed some of the issues he’s worried about as a lack of high-speed internet, the imbalances and unsustainable expenses of the public education system, and the exodus of young people, as constraints on the economy and the quality of life across the state. 

“Constructive steps at the state level can make a big difference,” he said. 

Lord described himself as a lifelong seasonal resident of the Monadnock region, who has been living in Hancock for the last 10 years. Lord said he earned a degree from Boston University and a PhD in economics from Iowa State University. He went on to work for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and spent the rest of his career in finance and risk management for banks, insurance companies, and pension funds. Lord said outside of work, he has served as a volunteer and board member for a variety of healthcare, educational, and cultural non-profit organizations, including serving as the president of the Hancock Historical Society. He said he has three grown children and now lives with his wife in Hancock. Lord said he spends his spare time outdoors, hiking, fishing, hunting, and tending to honey bees. 

“These life experiences have given me a keen sense of fiscal responsibility and a results-oriented approach to issues,” he said.  

He said he knows what the state stands for and what it offers to its residents, adding that Granite Staters are famous for Yankee ingenuity and managing finances carefully. 

“We take pride in our independence and our work ethic,” he said. “We serve our communities and we are always ready to help a neighbor in need.”

He said the people of New Hampshire love woods, water, wildlife, and the high quality of air that we breathe and the water we drink. 

Despite all of the state’s advantages, he said, “we can do better” in reference to the issues he laid out previously.  

Lord said, if elected, he will focus on upgrading the state’s broadband and telecommunications infrastructure, advancing educational opportunities in a fiscally prudent way, and create incentives for youth to stay in the state. 

“These actions will improve our rural economy and can be achieved through innovative policies, effective implementation, and good management,” he said.

Democrat

Dan Pickering, who lives in Hancock, said he’s running for the seat because believes “in good government.” 

“Good government is about the safety and well-being of all of us within the rule of law and in accordance with our state and federal constitution,” Pickering said in a press release. “Good government solves problems for the majority while preserving the rights of the minority.” 

He said in the release that future generations deserve “a bright future without fear, the opportunity to succeed, and the right to vote.”

Pickering cited six key objectives in his release, which included providing “opportunity and safety for our kids and grandkids, real jobs with a living wage for families, smart use of our tax dollars, affordable and accessible health care, common sense solutions for the sustainability of our planet,” and “honesty and respect in our politics.” 

Pickering grew up a Chicago suburb. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Michigan University. Pickering was a teacher and administrator in West Ottawa Public Schools for 31 years.

Pickering retired in 2004, and he and his wife Sandra moved to the Granite State. He is currently the treasurer of the Hancock Town Democratic Committee. 

If elected, he said, his focus would be to listen to what matters most to residents of the district. He pledged to find real, practical solutions to problems if given the opportunity to serve. 

“As I enter our town hall to register as a candidate, I do so with the belief that elections matter,” Pickering wrote in a letter to the editor. “ Many votes in the past month in Concord have been decided by fewer than 10 votes. Over the next 150 days, I look forward to meeting you and hearing what’s on your mind.”

The final date to file for candidacy is June 15. Voting will occur on Nov. 6.