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The Day After...Returning to Grace

Dear Bedford,


By the time most of you read this, the 2020 Election will have nearly drawn to a close; your ballots have likely been cast. While we are not exactly certain how long it will take to count all of the votes, we do know that by the end of the process (if not the day), we will have elected new officials from the highest office of the land to the lowest (sorry, County Commissioner). 


Every single candidate deserves the gratitude of the entire community for being willing to consider running for office. It requires a tremendous amount of time and effort, and this election has been particularly contentious, or so it seems. Our candidates’ willingness to answer the call to civic duty is both noteworthy and deserving of tremendous respect. 


Your candidates are exhausted. I have heard more than one person in both parties say that they are ready for it to be November 4.


Community members will be happy to see all of the political signs disappear and to be able to talk to their neighbors about something, anything, but politics for the foreseeable future, I suspect.


With the election behind us, we will undoubtedly begin to re-emerge from under the blanket of political ideology and get back to being Bedford. 


Lyndon Johnson once said, “There are no problems we can not solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.” 


On December 2, seven folks will be sworn in as your 2021-2022 Representatives to the NH House. It seems reasonable to imagine that some will be incumbents and some will be brand new, though seven new people is always a possibility! There will be winners, and there will be losers among the fourteen candidates, but regardless of the outcome, these new seven will be faced with the hard work and immense responsibility of both representing our town and weighing in on the tough decisions that will need to be made, as we continue to deal with the impact of COVID 19, among other things, on all of us.


I have great faith that no matter who makes up the newly elected representative team, they will take on their chosen challenge with enthusiasm and a sincere desire to do well by the citizens of Bedford.  


Gathering diverse people into discussion guarantees that many points of view are well represented, but I encourage all of you to actively engage with your representatives to be sure your voice is heard. It won’t take new representatives very long at all to appreciate the depth of knowledge and sincerity of Bedford voters.


Like you, I am looking forward to unrestricted visits with family and friends. 

Long term, I am hopeful for a medical solution to COVID, unmasked community events, and deliciously lingering meals in every restaurant in town! 


Short term, I am anxious for an end to the divisiveness that has impacted us all. I am hopeful that neighbors have short memories, that the democratic process shines a light on the best of us, and that as we get deeper into November we are focused on the plentitude and grace of Thanksgiving, in whatever form it takes.


As we return to the darkness of winter, let’s not forget that spring’s up next! 


I wish you all the best,

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