~ Submitted by Mark McInnis
Some leaders are willing to listen. Dan has a deeply-rooted desire to listen. He wants to understand everyone including those who are often overlooked. Many years ago at BHS he was one of the few upperclassmen who welcomed and befriended first year students (of whom I was one).
He maintains this quality today as a husband, father, neighbor, and executive. To prepare for candidacy, he arranged meetings with town employees, committee members (past/present), candidates, business owners, and hundreds of residents. It’s not all head-nodding for Dan. He will meet people he disagrees with, give honest feedback, and maintain productive communication.
Dan is my child’s soccer coach. His pattern of giving to others is well displayed through coaching where he exceeds the job requirements. If practice is canceled due to rain (happens way too often) he hosts soccer in his backyard. Need a ride? He’ll do it. If your child has a bad day on the field, he will make a spirit-boosting phone call after the game.
Dan’s love for listening and giving to others indicates that he will approach the job with humility. He is more interested in serving the people of Bedford than imposing his ideals through town governance. I don’t believe he will ban, cancel, mandate, and rename. I believe he will build, create, and maintain Bedford’s friendly small town qualities.
Bedford has been Dan’s home since 1976. The Carrolls – a family of eleven children – needed a community that was affordable and safe. Grateful that they found it in Bedford, Dan is now focused on affordability and low taxes. His work experience will help. As the COO of a company with 150 employees, he knows how to make difficult financial decisions.
I have known Dan for 35 years. The only time I can remember him putting personal interests ahead of others was when he devoured the Lord family pumpkin pie in the middle of the night on Thanksgiving eve, 1995. I trust Dan to do what is best for Bedford – always.
While I would not ask him to safeguard my baked goods, I enthusiastically support him to protect the best interest of Bedford residents. I hope you will do the same.