Hooksett council vice chair wants town to stay on path of positivity
“Hooksett has a long history of negative public discourse. It seems that instead of debating issues, discussions used to descend into personal and vicious attacks; this is happening across the country. But right now, Hooksett, with the town part at least, is in a very good place, and we want to keep it going that way,” Boswak said.
Both Shankle and Boswak agreed that the discourse in the town should go beyond the dozen or so residents who insist on staying informed on all town matters.
But despite all the positive aspects of Hooksett, Boswak said residents are hesitant to engage.
As proof, Boswak said that the percentage of residents who vote in local elections is very low, and that the town often has difficulty getting residents interested in running for town positions. Boswak said that despite the positive atmosphere in town politics at the moment, many residents might be hesitant to participate because of Hooksett’s political past.
“Everyone on the council wants to see Hooksett become a better place,” she said. “It’s just sometimes we disagree on how to do that.”
“You drive by and everyone waves. Now to be fair, it is a smaller town, but still,” Boswak said.
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