I've just returned from a powerful and good day and wanted to get some ideas down while they're fresh in my mind.
So I woke up this morning, shined my shoes and headed south with my resume and political portfolio to the Grafton County Complex in Haverhill. It was a good day, blue skies and snow capped mountains that would rival Colorado and Utah.
My first stop was to Ray Burton Park which is on the site of the former Grafton County Jail itself; a building that was built near the time of the civil war. The park is a powerful place the view of the Connecticut River Valley is just incredible, especially on the day like this. It's a simple design, a granite plith taken from from the jail with a memorial plate affixed. There is alot of snow there now, so I couldn't walk over to read it but the whole area just looks good. But I'm really glad they didn't put a bust here.
So then I walked to the nearby 1930 building, which is where the Commissioner's Office is located. I looked up at this historic building and couldn't help but to start thinking about history, and what life was like in 1930. The stock market has crashed horribly, dust bowls blanket the heartland; and unemployment, deprivation and hunger are the grim reality of what life in America is about.
The Commissioner's office is up on the second floor, actually their physical office overlooks Ray Burton Park. Well in any case there is a labrynth of offices around this area: human resources, IT, finance, etc. I'm looking for the Executive Director's Office, Julie Clough who is "handling all the applications for the county commissioner vacancy." So as I'm walking towards the office on the wall is a large photo of the three Commissioners: Martha Richards, Ray Burton and Mike Cryans. It's a very clear picture.
So, I finally made it to the Executive Director's office, she wasn't there. So I looked around the finance office and there was someone there. So I said "Hi." and she responded. "My name is Steve Connolly, I'm from Bethlehem and I'm interested in filing and application for Grafton County Commissioner, District #2." She said she didn't know when Ms. Clough would return but she would make sure my application got to her.
This is good. I'm still leaving a voicemail and e-mail for the Executive Director, this is afterall still politics.
It was a good day. I'm glad to be doing this, and as I'm driving back home up route 302 couldn't help but think about Ray Burton and the first thing he did when he passed out copies of the N.H. Constitution to students in classrooms across his large district. He would have them write two words right on the front cover, above "Compliments of Ray Burton" of course!
And these words were: