About Ed Butler

I was born in 1949 in rural northern New York State. I’m the second of 7 children in a family which was headed by a self-employed carpenter and a stay at home mom — until the kids were old enough so that she could go back to work too.

I got my bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Boston University, a masters in Nursing Administration from New York University and a state license as a Nursing Home Administrator. I worked in nursing in New York City for 15 years: in psychiatry, geriatrics, long-term care, and home care. This brought me face to face with many people in crisis and in need of care. I learned first-hand about the need for quality, affordable health care for all.

Drawn by the beauty of New Hampshire and the challenge of starting a second career as a small business owner, on September 25th, 1993, I became the 41st resident of Hart’s Location, the smallest town in the state. For the past 19 years my husband, Les Schoof, and I have run the Notchland Inn, a full-service inn and restaurant. This daily contact with the public has kept me informed on issues of concern to residents and visitors alike.

I have been involved in a variety of state, town, and community political and public service activities. I was a Selectman for our small town for two terms and am currently the Chairman of the Planning Board and the town’s Emergency Management Coordinator. I have served on the Board of Directors of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce and am involved in several lodging and hospitality organizations. I’m a member of the Unitarian Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes.

One of the community efforts that I am proud to have been instrumental in is the creation of the Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition. This organization is beginning to make real and positive impacts on our communities. We need to make housing affordable for young professionals and families and also for those working in low-wage jobs who need to live in the communities where they work. Our communities are aging more quickly than any other region in the state. We must support our younger adults and families so that they can help us sustain a vibrant and successful economy.

My breadth of experience, and that which I gained while working in the state legislature, will serve me well should you decide to return me to Concord as your Representative from Carroll County District 7.