Name: Susan S. Silverman
Party affiliation: Democrat
How long have you 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 Studio (ceramics)
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, 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, worked collaboratively to designate 6 prime wetlands in Fitzwilliam, Energy Committee
1. Why are you seeking this elected office, and what are the three most-important issues you are focused on addressing if elected?
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.
2. Everyone wants cheaper energy, but not big projects near them. What would it take for you to support a pipeline for oil or gas, a nuclear plant or other major energy project?
Having worked on the successful NED natural gas pipeline opposition, 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 build a smarter grid, micro-grids and newer technologies for and efficient and clean energy future.