Name: Joe Cartwright
Party affiliation: Republican
How long have you lived in Cheshire County: 32 years
Family: Married 52 years to my Wife Anne, 5 children, 11 grandchildren
Education: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Commercial Pilot License
Occupation: Retired Airline Pilot / Currently Part time School Bus Driver, Own and manage tree farm in Alstead
Organizations to which you belong/have belonged: Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of American, NH Timber Owners Association, NH Farm Bureau, Cheshire County Republican Committee, National Rifle Association
Public/government service: US Air Force Pilot (Vietnam War Veteran), 1979-1986 Mascenic Regional School Board, Currently Alstead Zoning board of Adjustment, currently Cheshire County Commissioner District 3
1. Why are you seeking this elected office, and what are the three most-important issues you are focused on addressing if elected?
Cheshire County Commissioner is an important position for budget and policy oversight of all county functions including Maplewood Nursing Home, the County Jail, Sheriffâ€™s Department and others.
I am running for Re-election as Cheshire County Commissioner District 3 to continue overseeing the renovation and expansion of the Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland. This is a very important project and I will try to insure that Maplewood remains the premier nursing home in Cheshire County while trying to develop fiscally responsible budgets.
I will work with department heads on ideas to improve staffing deficiencies.
The county budget will be pressured on several fronts. I will oversee all functions for services in the most cost effective way possible.
2. What do you think should be done with the former county jail property in Westmoreland?
This spring the old Jail was demolished and the debris removed. The site will be temporarily used during Maplewoodâ€™s construction as a staging site for supplies and equipment.
After completion of Maplewood we will return the jail site to grassland and discuss options for viable use of the County lands and buildings.