I urge the residents to vote for fellow long time resident Laura Irvine Stevens for Town Clerk/Tax Collector. Laura comes from a long line of dedicated servants to the Kingston community and has inherited her great sense of responsibility from her parents, the Reverend Wendell Irvine and Mrs. Laura Irvine, who so generously and so well served this community for many decades at the First Congregational Church and in multiple other areas.
Laura graduated from Sanborn Regional High School. After graduating, she worked for New England Telephone and married Jim Stevens, whose family had operated the Red Gate Farm and a dairy in Kingston for many decades. She then went to work in the banking industry for what later evolved into The Indianhead Bank and started raising her two daughters, Rebecca and Christine. Being a resident of Kingston for almost 40 years, she understands the needs of the town and its people very well.
Laura went on to work in Kingston for Northland Forest Products Inc. on Church Street where she stayed for over 26 years. While there, she was promoted to the Office Manager and was eventually responsible for the oversight of all of the very detailed and complicated shipping manifests and paperwork requirements for the 26 countries to which they export internationally. She also routinely interacted with the company's numerous customers, vendors, trucking firms, Lumber Yard & Kilns on Depot Road, and the other two facilities in Virginia. Her responsibilities there were vital to the company's success over the years, and helped the company become one of the state's largest exporters and ranked as one of the most successful and largest hardwood forestry products and private companies in NH.
Her office responsibilities at a company which has sales and budgets that readily dwarf those of the Town of Kingston easily qualifies her to handle the responsibilities of the Town Clerk and Tax Collector.
Laura carries forth the hard work, honesty, family values, sense of community, and ethics from the teachings of her parents in everything that she does. This carries through in her business, personal, family, and public life. I have known Laura and her family members since my earlier days growing up in Kingston over 45 years ago. She is tireless in providing an encouraging atmosphere for her two young grand-daughters, family, extended family, and all her friends. She would be a worthy successor to assuming the mantle of Town Clerk from Bettie Ouellette, who has served Kingston for many years.
However, it is time for a new era in Kingston, and Laura Irvine Stevens can bring her expertise and be a productive new face as the Town Clerk and Tax Collector in that transition. Your vote for Laura Irvine Stevens will be for someone who really knows and understands Kingston and its people.
Dwight K. Simes