A message to Rockingham County voters with only days and hours remaining in the campaign.
This was posted on my Facebook page and ran in the Portsmouth Herald.
My name is Michael McCord and I am running for Rockingham County Register of Deeds. Among many reasons for running, I believe in the values of public service and good governance; if the coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that competence at all levels of government matters.
I am also running because we can do better. Meaningful leadership change is long overdue at the registry. Though the office is obscure to many voters, the 1784 authors of the New Hampshire Constitution decided that the Register of Deeds would be a position of public trust. I run as a Democrat but would serve the many people who depend on the registry to maintain and archive our valuable property records with professionalism and exceptional service.
In short, I will not waste taxpayer money on extravagant travel budgets or fire valued employees in the midst of a deadly pandemic for the shallowest of reasons. I will focus on reforming and modernizing a registry which generates significant annual revenues for the county. Wise planning and maximizing taxpayer investment of staff, technology and best practices will be my top priorities.
I am a former, award-winning journalist and U.S. Army veteran who served our country with honor and distinction. I would be honored to serve the people of Rockingham County. I know how to listen, communicate, organize, learn, and lead the registry with vision and purpose.
If you have voted for me already, thank you for your support. If you have yet to vote, no matter your party preference, please consider my candidacy and the values of good governance and accountability we all share. Please visit my website (mccordnhcandidate.com) to learn more and reach out to me with any questions.
And to all, thank you for voting and making our democracy stronger and more vibrant.
More on why I am running & why we can do better
Oct. 2, 2020
To friends and supporters of my bid to become the next Rockingham County Register of Deeds, I have a personal campaign update.
In 2009, I was diagnosed and successfully treated for Prostate Cancer. It had been in remission until this past year (2020!) when my PSA levels began to dramatically spike and my cancer returned. After the most recent round of CAT and bone scans, the good news is that the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate area. I have no symptoms, remain physically healthy and active, and retain my wits in this most trying of years. I am blessed to have my wife Anne Dinan at my side.
Next week I begin an out-patient treatment regime that has been successful for my type of cancer. Not in eradicating it but in tamping it down and keeping it at bay for a long time. Given the day-to-day challenges of Covid-19, having cancer return is not an optimal situation but except for potential side effects, the odds are good that this cancer will not change my life in any major way.
That includes the campaign which goes on unimpeded.
This is obviously quite personal but in running for public office, it's vital for voters to know my situation and decide for themselves how important it is. I trust them to do the right thing.
I've been honored and humbled to have met so many great people during this adventure - and there's more good folks to meet and things to do.
Anne and I thank you again for your support.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Today, perhaps more than ever, some Americans don’t understand the appeal of public service or the value of contributing to something larger than one’s own personal financial security. But for me…public service IS the most fulfilling profession we could ever imagine."
- Lt. Col Alexander S. Vindman (U.S. Army ret.)
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