Issues

“I understand that the decisions made in Concord affect the people of Fitzwilliam and Rindge.”

Issues Susan will make a priority in Concord:

  • Improved funding for education.

  • Support for the economic and environmental advantages of renewable energy. The huge energy infrastructure proposals in NH right now are so 20th century. We're ready for innovation, renewables & microgrids!

  • Protecting water resources is a key issue. Fitzwilliam and Rindge’s wells and aquifers must be protected.

  • As the owner of Five Wings Studio, I understand the business challenges we face in rural communities and will support small businesses.

  • Fitzwilliam and Rindge need improved broadband access and cell phone coverage. I'm looking at the FCC mobility fund.

  • I'm a fiscal conservative and will be careful with how your tax dollars are spent.

  • As a 39 year resident of Fitzwilliam who served 23 years on the Board of Selectmen, I'm ready for the State House.


SUSAN S. SILVERMAN

Age: 68

Town: Fitzwilliam

Party affiliation: Democrat

Lived in New Hampshire: 45 years

Family: Married with 3 adult children and 4 grandchilren

Education

Smith College

UMass Amherst MFA

Occupation

Professor and Division Chair at Franklin Pierce University

Faculty Meeting Moderator

Owner of Five Wings Art Studio

Organizations to which you belong/have belonged

Rindge Council (former President),

Franklin Pierce University,

League of NH Craftsmen

National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

Ceramic Arts Network

NH Potters Guild

Fitzwilliam Garden Club

Public/Government Service

Fitzwilliam Board of Selectmen

Recycling Committee

Capital Improvements Subcommittee

School Committee

Zoning Board of Adjustment

NH Municipal Pipeline Coalition

Prime Wetlands Designation Collaborative Team

Monadnock Energy Hub

Empty Bowls

As a NH State Representative, Susan would focus on…

“As selectman, I worked to solve problems with fellow selectmen to find fiscally responsible and innovative solutions. I want to bring new ideas and collaborative solutions to the State House that reflect the needs and concerns facing rural towns like Rindge and Fitzwilliam.

Rural broadband: It’s time to expand and systematize broadband for communities in an affordable and accessible way. This will increase business opportunities and improve quality of life.

I will work to protect water resources for present and future generations. This includes drinking water, recreation, wildlife/fish habitats and flood protection. Water constitutes a large portion of both towns and has value for recreation and tourism.

As a fiscal conservative, I have managed tax dollars for 23 years. I plan to bring this experience to inform and support our towns at the state level. Appropriate businesses need to be recruited for both towns to help stabilize the tax base.”

Everyone wants cheaper energy, but not big projects near them. Would Susan support a pipeline for oil or gas, a nuclear plant, or other major energy project?

“Having worked on the successful Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy direct (NED) natural gas pipeline opposition campaign, I learned firsthand that such large infrastructure projects do not benefit us as ratepayers or consumers. This is old 20th century thinking.

Many energy experts agree that these so-called cheaper forms of energy are not cheaper when considering the infrastructure and recovery costs. We need to build a smarter grid, micro-grids and newer technologies for an efficient and clean energy future.”