CONCORD — If you look at the masthead of this newspaper, you'll see thirteen Rockingham County communities.
These towns are well represented in the people just chosen for the leadership of various policy committees of the House of Representatives.
From the Atkinson-Plaistow district comes long time Atkinson resident and town tax collector Debra DiSimone as vice-chair of Children and Family Law. She is entering her seventh term.
People in the House often joke that in order for the Finance committee to spend the money, the Ways and Means committee has to raise it. The task of chairing that committee, once again, goes to Plaistow representative Norman Major. Norm has electrical engineering degrees from UNH and Northeastern and has long been active in the Boy Scouts of America. He is now in his thirteenth term.
From the "floterial" (at-large) district (Atkinson, Hampstead, Kingston, and Plaistow) comes Hampstead resident Mark Pearson as chairman of Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs. He is a graduate of Williams College, Oxford University, and Boston University. With his wife Dr. Mary Pearson, Mark co-founded New Creation Healing Center, Kingston, a center of medical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
From Epping comes Michael Vose as chairman of Science, Technology, and Energy. Michael, now in his third term, is a semi-retired software technical writer. His committee is the one overseeing energy, telecommunication, utilities, and all matters pertaining to science.
Hampstead-Kingston is represented by two Kingston residents. First is David Welch who is now vice chairman of Criminal Justice. Besides entering his 18th term in the House, David has long been active in the leadership of Rockingham County government. You'll find him at various patriotic events firing his cannon and doing historical re-enacting.
Also from Kingston is Kenneth Weyler, once again chairman of Finance. He is beginning his 17th term. He is an MIT graduate and a retired Air Force Colonel. He was an airline pilot. He is active with the New Hampshire Veterans Association. Ken, too, has long been active in the leadership of Rockingham County government.