Councilor Burton being treated for kidney cancer
BATH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's longtime Executive Councilor Ray Burton is home from the hospital after becoming dehydrated while undergoing treatment for kidney cancer.
The 73-year-old Burton was released Monday night. He issued a statement Tuesday thanking supporters for their good wishes and assuring them the news is good.
"After months of tests, I have been diagnosed with curable kidney cancer. The treatment process expects to be about 2-3 months," he said in the statement.
Burton said he will temporarily reduce his travel and meeting schedule through his North Country district while undergoing treatment.
He said he will instead help people in his district from his home in Bath.
Burton said constituents can call him at home or email him at ray.burton(at)myfairpoint.net. He plans to hook up electronically to participate in council meetings and hearings in Concord.
"I expect to be back under full steam shortly. I thank my constituents, family and friends for the outpour of support but fear not, Ray Burton will be back to 100 percent before you know it passing out business cards and combs! I am forever humbly at your service," said Burton.
Burton was elected to his first term in 1977. After a two-year absence, he was re-elected in 1981 and has been serving District 1 since.