Candidate seeks votes for Bedford Town Council

To the Editor:

On Tuesday we have the opportunity to elect three new members to Bedford’s Town Council. I am one of the candidates running, and I hope you will consider voting for me.

I bring to the table experience in public policy and a love of people and service. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, I served as an assistant to the New Hampshire Senate Finance committee. I enjoyed working with the departments, fielding calls from constituents, and learning the budgetary process. From this first job grew a career in government affairs and an admiration for public service. While I have traded my professional career for the role as full-time mom to my daughters, I continue to be involved in the community.

I have the pleasure of serving on our Planning Board. I believe we can be excited about economic development in town – new companies are building and existing businesses are expanding and investing. As a town councilor I will be diligent in assuring the growth of our community reflects the values of our residents.

Raising revenue is just one way of dealing with the ever growing demands on the town’s coffers. As the old adage goes, a penny saved is a penny earned. We can be saving by doing simple things such as increasing recycling in our town. I firmly believe if we put our heads together we can find more efficient business practices and innovative ways to save.

Since I filed to run for town council I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to talk with town officials, department heads, and most importantly you the voters. One thing has stood out, we have a lot of pride in our community. If elected, I will work hard to see that Bedford remains an attractive place live and do business. I will listen to your ideas and concerns. I will do my homework and ask tough questions to ensure tax dollars are being used wisely and we are making decisions that are in the best interest of our community.

I know Tuesday, March 10, you have choices, and I hope you will consider me as one of your town councilors.

Melissa Stevens, Bedford