Arthur Hilson is currently the senior servant (pastor) at New Hope Baptist Church, where he has served for almost 27 years.
His extensive civic/community experience includes:
- Teacher Portsmouth High 14 years
- Advisory Board Aids Response Seacoast
- Ethics Board Portsmouth Regional Hospital
- Piscataqua Community Foundation’s Diversity Advisory Committee
- Board Portsmouth Rotary
- Portsmouth School Board (2 terms)
- Board YMCA
- President American Baptist Churches VT & NH
- President United Baptist Churches Massachusetts, Rhode Island & New Hampshire
- Commissioner Human Rights New Hampshire
- Founding President of Seacoast Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
What are two things that you want Portsmouth voters to know about your qualifications for the Police Commission?
- My entire adult life has consistently been about service. Service to my country in the military, service to my community as a civil rights activist, service to youth as an educator and 27 years of dedicated service to my
at-large community of Portsmouth.
- I have worked on both sides of law enforcement as a counselor at the Navy Disciplinary Command (Navy prison in Kittery). I have worked as Executive Director of Public Safety in Amherst, MA
One compelling reason that Portsmouth residents should vote on November 7th
I submit to you that people fall into 3 basic categories: 1. Those who make things happen 2. Those who watch things happen 3. Those who wonder what happened. This is our community and we should be concerned about what happens here, especially with our local government. We cannot sit idly by on the sidelines not being involved and then complain or wonder what happened. We have a responsibility to be involved in the local government. The vehicle for that is the privilege we have of voting. Voting is denied in many places and suppressed in others.
More from Arthur Hilson:
I have marched in the streets supporting the right to vote that was being denied in some places simply because of the color of my skin. My life has been about not only service to others but about the struggle for the rights of all of our citizens regardless of their race, color, religion, sexual orientation or any of the isms that still plague our country.
I am not perfect but I am committed to being in category one trying to make things happen for the overall betterment of our society for all.
I believe there are three good men vying for a seat on the Police Commission. A vote for me does not diminish by fellow campaigners. I know them both and have the highest respect for both of them. But I am soliciting your vote. The vote is yours, use it!