Peter Bragdon Candidate for Selectman
As I have promoted communication and transparency throughout this road to the election, I want to touch on recent tactics by others to cause alarm about my blunders in life. I wanted to take time to explain that what happened 10 years ago doesn’t define me today or my future.
I realized after many surgeries and being prescribed my first opiate at age 14 I was dependent. Well, actually I was addicted to my prescribed dose of 240mg of oxycodone daily. At the time the pain pills defined me. It defined me as a not-so-good person. I realized that after making awful mistakes, pills were awful for me. I stopped the pills myself. I eventually replaced the pills with alcohol. I drank my pain away. Obviously this ruled my life. It made me make decisions and take actions that I am ashamed off.
I am proud to say I’m free of those chains. No alcohol and no pain pills!!
I almost died early in 2017 because my body shut down. I was contacted by the press to share my medical journey and the miracle it is I am alive. My story was spread far and wide. While sharing my story I was very open with what I did wrong in life also. I wanted people to know that there is hope in life after hurdles and failure. It was a chapter of my life that is now closed and finished. It was me, but it is not me now. People can change. People can do wrong, which I did, and then do better. I corrected my actions. I am not going to let my past define me. I am not going to fall to other people’s judgment. I will not lower myself to others’ games.
I have served the town in many ways and will continue to do so. I currently serve on the Budget Committee, Capital Improvement Committee, Community Fair Committee and Comprehensive Plan Update Committee. I have proven that I am dedicated to the serving this town. I am passionate about this town. I am trust worthy. I am a leader. I want to help people. I love to serve. I want to problem solve. I want to find the middle ground. I want to move this town forward.
If you have any questions for me please reach out to me. I am more than willing to talk to you. It’s all about communication and transparency and it will lead to trust.
In closing, I want to thank Steve Libby for his 21 years of service. He has done a lot of great things for this town. Though we did not always agree I have a lot of respect for him. I also thank Lynn Conger for her multiple terms on the board.
I look forward to helping lead the town thru this next phase. I hope to have your vote on June 11th.