My name is Carrie Duran and it is my honor and privilege to be running for State Representative of Wolfeboro. I grew up in Wolfeboro and am a graduate of Kingswood Regional High School. My family moved to Wolfeboro in 1986. My father, Leonard Martin taught the Culinary Arts program at the Lakes Region Technology Center for almost 20 years and had a successful catering business. My mother, Pamela Martin is an artisan specializing in early American crafts, and a dedicated community volunteer. Growing up in Wolfeboro was a magical experience. The beauty of our lakeside town coupled with amazing community engagement and activities and services for all ages, makes it very special. In high school I participated in chorus and travelled to state competitions and events. I participated in the drama program and attempted a year of JV softball. Outside of school you would find me performing in a Village Players production, working for our family’s business or working in town at a bakery or restaurant.
In 2013, remembering all of my wonderful childhood memories, I decided to move back home to Wolfeboro with my three little girls. My little family has flourished since moving to my childhood home. My twin daughters, Marisole and Isabella will be entering high school this year and enjoy playing the clarinet and playing field hockey and soccer. My youngest daughter Katie will be starting the 4th grade this year and loves swimming in the lake, surfing and reading. She was born with the developmental disability Down syndrome. As a single mother, I have been asked many times “How do you handle it all?”. With a lot of love, patience, family support and coffee!
My career as an advocate for the disability community began the moment, my daughter Katie was born. My career as a family advocate began the moment I became a single mother and my role as an advocate for the elderly began the moment my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. You become an advocate when you must fight for your family or a loved one. You become an advocate when you share your personal story to educate lawmakers. You become an advocate when you realize you have a strong voice and can speak up for others.
In 2019, I became an educator in my position as a legislative liaison for Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS). In my role at LRCS, I attend hearings at the statehouse and follow the path of legislation which may affect families with members who have a developmental disability. I keep families informed and assist them in finding and using their voices to advocate for themselves and their family members.
Previously, my professional career was in the hospitality, retail and education fields. Holding several management positions such as a service manager for Claim Jumper (a California based restaurant company), a food and beverage manager for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a store manager for Chico’s has given me excellent training in public relations, problem solving and provided me with a strong work ethic. I received my certification as a hospitality educator by the American Hotel and Lodging Association and was privileged to become a program facilitator/teaching assistant for the Lakes Region Technology Center’s hospitality program where I was able to pass along my love for the hospitality industry to my students. I have been pursuing my degree in special education part-time for the last few years.
Graduating from the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability Leadership Program in 2015 gave me the knowledge and training to become thoroughly engaged in the New Hampshire legislative process and strengthened my commitment to serve my community. My volunteer positions are an integral part of what I bring as a candidate for State Representative. I have held and continue to hold leadership and volunteer positions in the areas of housing, business and economic development, developmental disabilities and healthcare.
- Board Member, Northern Human Services, 2016-present https://northernhs.org/
- Co-Chairperson, State Family Support Council, 2017-present
- Member, Region One Family Support Council (former Co-Chair and Secretary) 2015- present
- Member, New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities 2018-present https://www.nhcdd.org/
- Member, Commission to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Expanded Medicaid 2018-present
- Board Member, Lakes Region Community Developers, February 2019-present http://www.lrcommunitydevelopers.org/
- Member, Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce 2020 – present
- Marketing Chair, Wolfeboro Economic Development Committee 2020-present
I believe my professional and volunteer experience has fully prepared me to serve as your state representative. I love our community and I feel so fortunate for the opportunity to serve. Thank you for your support!
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