- by Rob Burbank
Zeliff Kicks-Off Campaign
Jackson Village resident Bill Zeliff [center in picture below] made a sweep of District III Monday, May 7, making five stops at which he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to the State Senate.
Starting off with a breakfast at the Sunny Villa Restaurant in Ossipee, the Christmas Farm Inn owner and president of the N.H. Travel Council moved on to Poor Richard's Steak House in Moultonboro, and then stopped at a buffet luncheon at the Back Bay Boat House in Wolfeboro. Appearing next at Mame's Restaurant in Meredith at a coffee reception, Zeliff later concluded the day of campaigning with a stop at the Fox Ridge Resort in North Conway, where he was greeted by a crowd of 200 friends and supporters, by far the largest audience of the day.
Zeliff said he considers Seabrook "the number 1 issue just now," and added that the troubled nuclear power plant project "should be completed." In other matters, the candidate said he is convinced there is a pressing need to get the Granite State's bond rating reinstated, and also said he would like to institute a citizen's sounding board in District III to keep abreast of problems as they develop.
Zeliff described Governor John Sununu as "one of New Hampshire's greatest assets," and promised to "pledge myself to the continuation of Governor Sununu's concept -- an opening up of the governmental process to include the people who are affected by the decisions as a vital part of the process itself." The campaign marks Zeliff's first bid for public office, but he says he feels his involvement not only in community affairs but participation in leadership roles on the state and regional level have prepared him for the State Senate seat. Zeliff currently faces Roger Heath of Center Sandwich and incumbent Senator Rod Allen as opponents in the Republican contest.