About Susan Silverman
"I found that I enjoyed the challenge and process of town government. I served seven additional terms over the next twenty-nine years and found that I loved helping my community as a public servant."
Susan has deep roots in New England and has made her home in Fitzwilliam for nearly forty years. As a mother, grandmother, small business owner, artist, Franklin Pierce University professor, Select Board member and chairperson, she has much experience and skill to bring to the position of State Representative.
She moved to Fitzwilliam in 1979 and set up her Five Wings Art Studio a few years later in a renovated barn. Her three children attended Emerson Elementary School and Monadnock Regional High School before college and successful careers. She delayed college to raise her children, then completed her own college education and an advanced degree in Art after they finished school.
In 1989, she was invited to join the Board of Selectmen to fill in for a vacancy.
“I found that I enjoyed the challenge and process of town government. I served seven additional terms over the next twenty-nine years and found that I loved helping my community as a public servant.
I also enjoyed and thrived working with other members of the board and hearing from and helping members of the community to improve peoples’ lives and help shape an even better town.”
When Fitzwilliam and Rindge, two of 18 towns, faced the possibility of having a gas pipeline slice through Southwestern New Hampshire, she worked tirelessly for two years to find ways to protect individual property owners, conservation land and wetlands and pristine aquifers. She was a very busy, active member of the fourteen-town Municipal Pipeline Coalition, attending meetings every two weeks, with regular conference calls and emails, to plan an organized approach to keeping the pipeline out of the region.
“I testified three times during Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) hearings. It was successful in many ways and helped me understand how to work effectively with other towns. The application from Kinder Morgan was withdrawn in spring of 2016, and though that pipeline is no longer a threat, the issue of energy efficiency, costs, renewables and modernizing our grid is still a major issue for New Hampshire.”
As an artist and small business owner, Silverman has always paid attention to detail and worked hard to make and market her work. She has worked for the past ten years as a Fine Arts Professor at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge.
“This has brought me to better understand and work with people with diverse views and interests: faculty members, administrators, and our students, the next generation.”
These experiences have given her the motivation and skills to represent the residents of Fitzwilliam and Rindge. Hard work, attention to detail, ability to work with people of all backgrounds and political views, and a commitment to representing our two communities, make her an ideal candidate to represent the two towns.