The following article appeared today in Foster's:
Many candidates meet for forum at Milton Town Hall
By Samantha Allen
Friday, October 19, 2012
MILTON — The town will host a candidates forum this Sunday in advance of Election Day to better inform voters of the people they could place into office.
The Executive Council, state Senate, state representative, county commissioner, county sheriff and Register of Deeds candidates have all been invited to Milton's Town Hall on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Milton has been hosting forums since 2006 and typically hears from state representative and state Senate candidates, according to coordinator of the event Susann Foster Brown. Congressional candidates are also invited to speak.
This year, Republican incumbent Frank Guinta is up against Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.
“Redistricting has a new Strafford County (representative) District 1 … ,” Brown said, noting there are only two representative seats now for Middleton, Milton and New Durham, compared to the former district comprised of six towns and eight seats. “Given that the number of forum participants would shrink, we decided to open the forum to all positions that would affect Milton's fiscal health.”
Metrocast will broadcast the event to the town. Town Moderator Chris Jacobs will serve as moderator of the forum. The format will allow each candidate an opportunity to present a two-minute statement of purpose, with biographical information, and there will be questions from the audience. There is no time limit for the event, which is slated to start at 3 p.m.
Attending for the Executive Council, District 1, race are Republican candidate Ray Burton, Bath, and Democrat Beth Funicella, of Jackson. Libertarian Howard L. Wilson, of Andover will also be on the ballot.
For the Register of Deeds race Republican Lynn Williams, of Rochester, will be present, with Democrat Dennis Vachon, of Strafford. Kevin McEneaney, of Dover, is also running as an independent in this race.
For the Strafford County of Board of Commissioners race, Democrat Leo Lessard, of Milton, and Republican Catherine Cheney, Dover, will be present. They are running for three seats in the race. Others running include Democrats George Maglaras, of Dover, and Robert J. Watson, of Rochester. On the Republican side, there's Mac Kittredge, of Rochester, and Diane Wood, also of the Lilac City.
In the county sheriff's race, Democratic candidate David Dubois is running for the position and will be present. Republican Joe DiGregorio is submitting a statement for this Sunday's event.
In the state Senate District 3 race Jeffery Ballard, of Brookfield, is running as the Democratic candidate and will be present on Sunday. Republican Jeb Bradley, the incumbent from Wolfeboro, is running against Ballard this Nov. 6.
In the state representative race for Strafford County, District 1, attending candidates are Republican John A. Mullen, Jr., of Middleton and Democrats Larry Brown and Candace Cole-McCrea, both of Milton. They are running for two seats along with Republican Robbie Parsons, of Milton.
The forum will be held in the selectmen's chamber of the Milton Town Hall at 424 White Mountain Highway.