After serving two terms in the NH House, I’m running for Grafton County Commissioner, District 1, which serves the communities of Enfield, Lebanon, and Hanover. If elected, I plan to continue the legacy of hard work and strong leadership that the Grafton County commission is known for.
As State Representative, I’m proud to have served the people of Enfield. My priorities as legislator have been support for public education and small businesses, and protection for NH families. I’m especially proud to have been the prime sponsor of HB 645, known as “Willa’s Law.” County Attorney Saffo and I crafted this legislation, and sought the necessary legislative and agency support to insure its passage. The new law will help protect NH children as it tightens state oversight of Child Care facilities.
On the county level, I see the role of government as providing services for those who need it most, in a cost efficient way.
We should be very proud of the services provided by Grafton County. Our Department of Corrections has a new state-of-the-art facility. Our Nursing Home is newly renovated and has been recognized for quality. Alternative Sentencing Programs seek to provide long term solutions for first time offenders through our Drug and Mental Health Courts. With these successes, however, we also have challenges. The nursing home will have to be brought into compliance with Medicaid Managed Care; our Drug Court (the 2nd in the state) will need to be made consistent with best and current practices. Energetic leadership and sound planning is needed to meet these new challenges.
Grafton County is indeed known for innovation. I believe that the role of County Commissioner is to bring careful management of funds and a vision for Grafton County that will allow us to continue this tradition. My success as state legislator equips me with this vision. We want to provide services for those who need them in a way that is efficient and beneficial to all.