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Letter: In Gilmanton, vote for McCormack

To Gilmanton voters: We write in support of Steve McCormack for Gilmanton selectman.

McCormack is native to the Lakes Region and has lived in Gilmanton since 1987. He had a career in the military and worked for the State Employees’ Association before retiring in 2011. He is an advocate for open, accountable government and wants to bring the skills that he has learned in his work life to help run our town.

He is open to ideas, wants to learn from us as to our concerns and is eager to dig into the job. He is honest and forthright with his views and does not have an agenda or personal animosities.

It is important to note that he came forward on his own to run. He is an independent voice who will look out for the interests of all of our residents. His opponent, Jim Barnes, is a brother-in-law of Selectman Don Guarino. While it is not illegal to have two family members sit on the same board, we believe it is not good practice. The town benefits when there are three independent voices, bringing a variety of perspectives. We do not need to have a board’s decisions vulnerable to challenges because of their relationship.

Please join us in supporting Steve McCormack for selectman.

JOHN FUNK and DEB CHASE

Gilmanton

(The letter was also signed by Mike and Pam LaFond, Nate and Betty Ann Abbott, Tom Scribner and Nancy Way, Meg and Joe Hempel, and Mary Alice and Allan McCulloch.)

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