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Morrill Jr. would like to stay an- other three years on the Board of Selectmen. As the Bridgewa- ter Moderator steps aside, Dep- uty Moderator Matthew Denton hopes he can take the helm in that role, and Peggy Petrasze- wski would like another term as Supervisor of the Checklist. There remains one opening for Library Trustee that is available for write-in candidates. Polls will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Town Offices on Mayhew Turnpike (Rte. 3A). Town Meet- ing will take place after the elec- tion process is completed.
For the 2022 elections, Bristol voters will see a seven-way race for two openings on the five-member Board of Selectmen, while all other positions are uncontested. Candidates for Selectmen are incumbent Leslie Dion and chal- lengers Carroll Brown, Steven Cofill, Bill Dowey, Randall Kel- ley, Danica Spain, and Richard Talbot. For Moderator, Edward “Ned” Gordon has signed up for another two-year term. On the Planning Board, Paul Regan and Walter Waring would like to retain three-year positions on the Budget Committee while a one- year seat is still open for poten- tial write-in candidates. Wendy Duggan is asking voters for six more years as Supervisor of the Checklist, and Cade Overton would like to continue his role as a Cemetery Trustee. Seeking uncontested three-year terms for openings as Library Trustees will be incumbents Kathleen Has- kell, Lucille Keegan, and Patricia Durgin. One three-year position as Trustee of the Trust Funds is eligible for write-in votes.
Polls at the Old Town Hall, located at 45 Summer St., will be open from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8. Voters are then asked to gather once again at Newfound Regional High School’s gymnasium at 9 a.m. on March 12 for Town Meeting. At that time, they will collectively be able to discuss, voice opposition, or support on articles and even amend them before voting on the operating budget and all other matters as laid out in the 2022 Town Warrant.
Plymouth will also begin their traditional Town Meeting on March 8, with balloting open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. inside the Plymouth Elementary School
gym, where registered voters will select their next town represen- tatives.
This year there will be a four- way race for two openings on the Board of Selectmen. Joshua Harding and Bruce Wiggett are challenging incumbents William R. Bolton and Neil McIver for those openings. Current Town Clerk Josie Girona Ewing is also facing a race with Amanda Conaway for that position, while Tax Clerk Linda Buffington is running unopposed for another term.
For Library Trustee Ann Pe- trou has placed her name back on the ballot, as has Cemetery Trustee Jenny Thibeault. There
are still two openings for Trustee of the Trust that are available for write-in candidates.
Plymouth elections will take place inside the Plymouth Ele- mentary School gym on March 8. Voters will then be asked to re- convene in that same location on Wed., March 9, at 7 p.m. for the conclusion of their Town Meeting when they will vote on all other items on the warrant for the next fiscal year.
Further information on the upcoming elections can be found at each town’s website and copies of the town reports, with the new warrant included, are now avail- able at town offices throughout the state.
 Letter To The Editor
As a musician, Carroll Brown calls himself the Solitary Man. As a mover and a shaker, a brilliant music maker, he has proven to be more than an entertainer. Carroll has been a resident for almost 50 years, and his resume is amazing. He is a very accomplished individual. He has a degree in Biology with a work history of 30 years in water quality, spill response, Hazmat, and wastewater issues. He managed the budget during his 8-year career as a professional musician. He worked for Bell Communications Research in Quality Assurance. He was an On-Call Volunteer Firefighter for the town of Bristol for ten years on a part-time basis. He is quite mechanically inclined and has strong computer skills. He’s also been a significant volunteer in many areas of our town. His list is long, including TTCC, little league coach and umpire, Memorial Day services, Master of Cere- mony for Santa’s arrival, as well as Boy Scout Master for troop 50 out of Bridgewater. Lastly, he also provides entertainment for the town events. His honesty and hard-working history make him a perfect candidate for Select Board in Bristol.
-Lorraine Bohmiller, Barbara Greenwood
Letter To The Editor
“A critical skill in governing is the ability to listen. Be reasonable--committed to providing municipal services to Bristol’s townspeople at an affordable cost, to the benefit all. Acknowledging different viewpoints--fully and fairly--and building consensus, we can achieve great things for our citi- zens, and visitors to our community, alike.” These plain-spoken words of Carroll Brown, Jr. convinced me he’s the best candidate for service on Bristol’s Select Board. Everyone who knows Carroll sees him as a thoughtful person dedicated to the betterment of our community. Carroll’s balanced approach, welcoming the perspectives of longtime residents and newcomers alike, makes him a strong can- didate as we usher in the coming years of change. With increasing frequency, it seems, the candidate pool includes those who landed in Bristol from elsewhere, with preconceived opinions of how to “fix” Bristol; however, they did things where they came from, importing cookie-cutter solutions isn’t how decisions are best made in our his- toric, rural, lakeside community: listening to constituents, encourag- ing broad citizen involvement and charting the future based on local perspectives is. Carroll is the one who will best honor this approach. His “agenda” is in our best interests. He’s a good man who’s given much to our town, and its people. Thanks for giving him your trust and your vote.
-Bruce Van Derven, Bristol
Letter To The Editor
SAU4 Newfound Area School District school board made the unanimous decision Monday evening to allow parental choice when wearing a mask at schools starting March 7, 2022. The March 7th date was picked because that is the first day for students to return to school after winter break and gives parents time to adjust to this change. Everyone should be celebrating that the school board finally reversed their policy of mandatory masking of students and staff. After months of members of the public attending every school board meeting, they finally received the message. This was never us against them; it was always about freedom, liberty, and parental rights/ choice. Aubrey Freedman from Bridgewater, who is running for the school board, took the lead on liberty and the optional masking issue along with student scores compared to other schools. Aubrey is a fighter and a leader that Newfound needs. He is approachable for parents and students to talk with about any school issues or concerns. Aubrey has spent a lot of time investigating and comparing data from other districts in order to get a clearer picture of where Newfound stands among their pairs.
Danielle Reed is another candidate for the school board and has been at many of the school board meetings in the last six months, fighting for parental rights and mask-wearing optional. Danielle, who is an EMT and lives in Alexandria, will work hard and is willing to learn and apply what she learns as a school board member.
Newfound district voters should consider casting their vote for Au- brey and Danielle in March. Make your vote count this year and help protect liberty, freedom, and parental rights, which are under attack.
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Bristol Select Board
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