Hittin’ the Dist. 3 streets
No matter what side of the political fence you’re on, you have to hand it to District 3 challenger Drew Bedwell – the man is a real go-getter.
“There’s some 6,500 households in District 3, so I expect to knock on 13,500 doors,” Bedwell said last month while canvassing a neighborhood off Alta Street. “To go around at least twice, that’s the goal.”
Founder of Protect Your Property Rights, a grass-roots activist group formed in opposition to Natural Heritage 2020, the 62-year-old Bedwell said he went from 190 to 160 pounds walking neighborhoods during the primary election.
“I plan to keep it down until November,” said the retired engineer, former teacher and self-described gold-dredging hobbyist.
“Crazy?” Bedwell asked. “Yeah. Dedicated? You bet. This is about dedication.”
The property rights activist said he always stays to the right when walking neighborhoods to promote his candidacy.
“Bruce (Conklin), of course, would go to the left,” quipped the determined-but-jovial Bedwell.
He has been a thorn in the side of county government since the controversial NH 2020 land-use planning program was unveiled more than two years ago.
Seeking his first public office, Bedwell said walking the neighborhoods and talking to people is the fun part.
“I really enjoy the people, even the ones that yell at me,” joked Bedwell, who said he has had his share of encounters with mean dogs and irate environmentalists.
Despite the pitfalls of politics, Bedwell said hundreds of voters have endorsed his campaign since the March primary, and that he is humbled by what he calls an overwhelming positive response to his cause.
“I came by to meet you,” Bedwell said with a bow at the door of a District 3 voter. “It’s important to vote. Call me if you have any burning questions, and I’ll stand and deliver.”
Bedwell, who steered away from homes with Conklin campaign signs, referred to the morning’s door-to-door, knock-and-talk interactions as a positive walk.
“It kind of goes from day to day, depending on what neighborhood you’re in,” Bedwell said. “Going from activist to representative is really an interesting transition.”
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