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Letter: I’d like to be your selectman, Gilmanton

Let me tell you why I love Gilmanton. It is a town full of farmers and craftsmen, not big-box stores. Trees, fields, valleys and hills – Gilmanton is beautiful everywhere you go. A fabulous school, libraries and town facilities. Hardworking, dedicated town employees. It is a real slice of heaven that requires the same loving attention we give our homes.

Don Guarino and I have been friends for years, and it saddens me to be set up in opposition to him in this selectman’s race. He is a nice guy and a great story-teller.

That said, you are electing a decision-maker to your board of selectmen on Tuesday. If you compare the record of the present board and the board that Don served as chair with the board that I served as chair, you will find a clear difference in the quality of decision-making and actual accomplishment.

I am concerned about what is happening in the management of our town. I see a lack of respect for proper procedures; for town employees and most especially department heads; for the work that prior boards have done to protect the town.

A sign of trouble on any selectboard is an absence of substantive discussion as reflected in the minutes, an absence of motions and votes on items of business, and an excessive use of nonpublic sessions.

The town deserves a higher standard of transparency, fairness and efficiency.

I show up when I promise to, I pay my taxes on time, and I keep my commitments. I am the only choice for getting back on track. I ask for your vote so that I can bring reason, respect and professionalism back to the board.

BETTY ANN ABBOTT

Gilmanton

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