ENDORSED BY THE NH SIERRA CLUB
You may have heard that the Sierra Club has withheld endorsements from candidates who do not oppose the Granite Bridge Pipeline. I opposed the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline that would have come through Southern NH and I oppose the Liberty Utilities pipeline in Keene, Granite Bridge Pipeline from Manchester to Stratham and the Epping LNG tank.
ENDORSED BY THE NH AFL-CIO
I’m pleased to be endorsed by New Hampshire AFL-CIO.
Margaret “Gretchen” Wittenborg
“45 years in the area is impressive. But most compelling is the cumulative 23 years as a Selectman in a town that has faced complicated issues over her tenure. She's frequently chaired the Board and has been a steady hand. She listens. She has seen and heard everything at the level that means most to the community.
If anyone understands the impact of underfunding state government and the politics at the State level, it is someone with her experience. There is no one else who has it.”
Stephanie A. Scherr
“In 2014, the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline was suddenly re-routed through Southern New Hampshire. Fitzwilliam was one of the threatened towns. I knew immediately that I wanted to help organize and help my community. What I didn’t know was what a dedicated public servant Susan Silverman is and how much I would learn from her.
Susan worked full time, was Chair of the Select Board, and still worked tirelessly to learn about our town’s aquifers, wetlands and wells, how the pipeline impact them, and engaging other town officials.
Susan spoke in front of 500 concerned citizens about water concerns at the Nashua hearing of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She was a founding member of the NH Municipal Pipeline Coalition, a group of representatives from every impacted town who met weekly, emailed and called incessantly, staying connected, sharing information.
I shared my concerns to Susan about a small town at the end of the pipeline route that was facing one of the worst pollution aspects of the NED pipeline and a Select Board that was not fully informed, due to their distance from other larger towns. A friend from that town and I had been attending their Select Board meetings, sharing information with them. I asked if she would attend and speak with them, one Select Board member to another. She not only came to the meeting to speak, but brought another board member from a town immediately adjacent to theirs. Our collective efforts resulted in that town joining the Municipal Pipeline Coalition.
While Fitzwilliam chose to oppose the pipeline because of its threats to our pristine aquifer, rural community and historic character (some members of the village would have lost their homes), Susan always listened thoughtfully to those who thought we might benefit from it. During those two years, I sat in on many Select Board, Conservation Commission and other meetings. She was always impeccably professional, even under some outlandish situations.
After the pipeline was withdrawn, she got right to work in protecting our town’s surface and ground water. Rick Van de Poll was hired to survey our wetlands and suggested those that might be designated prime. After his research and presentations, the town overwhelmingly voted to designate a group of wetlands as prime.
Four years later, Susan is a friend. I have learned a great deal from her about how New Hampshire government works. She’s knowledgeable, patient, a great resource, has a good sense of humor and is generous with her time.
In the past four years, I have had a fair amount of engagement with many of the State Representatives of New Hampshire. The best of them are dedicated, engaged and good listeners, ready to discuss and consider ideas and collaborate. I consider Susan Silverman to be an excellent candidate to represent Fitzwilliam and Rindge and look forward to voting for her in November and the refreshingly positive change she will bring to the New Hampshire State House.”