Meet the Candidate: Kathleen Kilgore

Kathleen Kilgore is running for one seat on the Select Board  (3 year term). Here are Kathleen’s answers to our 2020 NHBA Candidate Survey

How long have you lived in North Hampton? Why do you choose to live here?

My family and I moved to North Hampton in July 2003 from Rye, NH.  We immediately felt the sense of community in this small town. Nestled on in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, we are close to cities and mountain, culture and business but have all of the advantage of small town living.

What position are you running for and why?

I am running for re-election to the Select Board in North Hampton.  As an independent voice on the Board I have worked to represent the residents of our town and not the special interests.  I love our town and believe when we have open conversation, fresh faces and new perspectives we can achieve anything.  I raised my kids in North Hampton and I want them to be able to return here.  I want to make sure that we are financially stable as a town and to protect our residents and to stay affordable enough so young people can move here.  We can strike a balance if we are open to all ideas and are willing to work together.  I think our best days are ahead of us and I want to do my part to make sure that is always the case.

A concern that comes up a lot from both residents and businesses is filling the empty store fronts along Lafayette Rd. What are your thoughts on how best to fill these open storefronts?

As a Selectwoman and a resident, I am concerned about the number of empty storefronts and commercial properties on Route 1.  First and foremost, we need to be welcoming investment in our business/commercial district while looking out for the best interests of North Hampton.  Bringing in community driven businesses should be the focus, ones that enhance the quality of life for our residents.  We already have some unique and wonderful business, these need to be leveraged to attract similar types of retail, restaurants and businesses.

How do you think the NHBA can best work with you in your efforts?

By being a partner in open communication between the business community and the town.  Actively participating in our Economic Development efforts to attract community focused businesses.  Advocating for the support the business community needs from the town in order for their businesses to thrive.   NHBA members have done so much for our community through scholarships, hosting events such as these and sponsoring the arts/entertainment events, and sports that makes our town a Home.  I thank you for your investment in our town.

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