Concord resident: Withdraw Edelblut nomination

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Here’s a letter to the editor that Concord resident Joan Blanchard submitted to the Concord Monitor:

An open letter to Gov. Sununu: I respectfully request that you withdraw your nomination of Frank Edelblut for commissioner of education.

I hope that you agree with me that the education of our children is one of the most important functions of government and that therefore, given the responsibilities of the office, the leader of the Department of Education should be carefully and thoughtfully selected.

I see no evidence that Edelblut was selected after the customary procedure of searching widely, accepting applications, reviewing applications and interviewing top candidates. This has been the procedure for other top positions in state government, such as the commissioner of corrections and the chief medical examiner. Our children deserve at least the same consideration as do inmates at the State Prison and the deceased.

To fail to conduct a search based on objective criteria is make your selection appear to be solely motivated by your own political agenda, not the best interests of the children of our state. Please withdraw this nomination and take the time necessary to search for the best possible candidate for the sake of our children’s future.

Read the full letter here.


Reaching Higher NH is a nonpartisan source for information related to education policy in New Hampshire. We will not take a position on the nomination of former State Rep Frank Edelblut. However, we will publish media coverage of his nomination, provided it is from a local and reputable news source or written by a current or former educator or school administrator.