Paid for by the Candidate Eliza Leadbeater
2 Wesley Court, Gilford, NH 03249

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Who am I?

My career spans over 40 years in business and education. I have administrative and executive level experience with non-profits organizations, in higher education, and as an entrepreneur.

With a degree in recreation management, my first professional position was that of assistant superintendent of parks and recreation for a Vermont town with its own ski area. It was my passion for youth work that led me into teaching for several years and in the 80’s would bring me to New Hampshire.

In the early 70’s, I launched a manufacturing and mail-order business in rural England sending products to over 35 countries annually. While in Britain, at the request of publishers I authored several books, numerous feature stories, and a regular column for a textile magazine. After returning to coastal New England in the early 80’s, I began importing containers of European products.

By the mid-eighties, I had moved to northern New England. For the next two plus decades, I worked in administration for colleges and universities and then rural development.

In July 1992, I became the founding Executive Director of the Belknap County Economic Development Council. The Council was formed by a group of local businessmen with the support of the County Commissioners and Delegation. For fifteen years, we shaped what was the first regional economic development organization in NH and it became the model for the nine other groups that exist today in our state.

We went on to established in 1994 the first in NH non-profit revolving loan fund and lent over $6 million to entrepreneurs and local businesses, in addition, to assisting businesses in securing millions in conventional loans. We also helped secure some $10 million in grants for our programs and projects of other non-profits. Our work included offering training opportunities for new and existing employees and workshops for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
During my tenure, the Council garnered over twenty national and state awards and recognitions including NH Small Business Administration’s Financial Service Advocate of the Year (2000) – this was the first time a non-profit entity received this SBA award. Two other awards that the Council was particularly proud of were the International Economic Development Council’s Economic Development Program Award (2004) and US Department of Agricultural – Rural Development Partner of the Year (2006).

Personally, I have been humbled by many individual awards especially the NH Excellence in Business Award for Public Service (2004), NH Outstanding Woman in Business (2007), Citizens Bank “Not Your Typical Partner” Award (2007) and an Honorary Degree from the Lakes Region Community College. On my retirement, NH Real Estate Board awarded me my broker’s license in recognition of my vision and driving force behind the renovation of many under-utilized commercial properties. The Council’s and my leadership have been recognized in the Congressional Record of the US Senate and House of Representatives, as well as by the NH Senate, House, and Office of the Governor.

After over forty years in business and education, I felt it was time to retire to enjoy my family, interests, and volunteer activities, yet I am ready to come out of retirement to serve Belknap County once again.

Registering to run

What it the job of County Commissioner?

NH Statute (RSA28) mandates that each County elect a three-member Board of Commissioners. As part-time elected officials, the County Commissioners are responsible for overall supervision, custody and care of all county departments, buildings, and land. They have budgetary oversight of all county expenditures. They are elected to staggered four and two-year terms by the voters of the districts.

The annual county budget is prepared by the Commissioners and Departments Heads and submitted to the County Convention (aka the County Delegation) for final approval.

The seat of Belknap County is based in Laconia and provides support to the citizens of ten towns (Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, Center Harbor, Gilford, Gilmanton, Meredith, New Hampton, Sanbornton, Tilton) and one city (Laconia) in the form of the following services: Nursing Home, Corrections Facility, County Attorney, Human Services, Registry of Deeds, and Sheriff's Department.

County Commissioner District 3 represents Alton, Barnstead, Gilford, and Laconia Ward 2.

Why am I running?

I want to see us continue to enhance the quality of life that we have built here in Belknap County. Because I care about our County, when issues or problems arise, I will put my energy and creativity into addressing and solving them for the benefit of all.

I do have an agenda. I am committed to supporting and enhancing the services we offer our residents. I believe in fiscal responsibility. I want our tax dollars to be used wisely and effectively.

Thirty years ago in July 1992, I came to Belknap County to serve as the founding Executive Director of the Belknap County Economic Development Council (BCEDC). I served the County in this position for fifteen years working with a board of business leaders, County Commissioners, members of our County Delegation, county departments, and business and community leaders to address the needs of our residents and the businesses that employed them. There is a long list of what we accomplished together, and I would like a part in doing that again.

I was an undeclared voter until I was asked to run. I have always voted for the person I felt best qualified to do the job. I am not a political person and neither do I believe the actions of a County Commissioner should be influenced by a party affiliation. The message we had when I lead the BCEDC was “Together We Make a Difference.” I believe the Commissioner’s role is to support every department and service of county government so together we can achieve serving our residents and making that difference.



Eliza with campaign sign
Belknap County Commissioner
District 3 - two year term
Alton, Barnstead, Gilford, Laconia Ward 2
Together we make a difference