Nipple Rock

04-08 Nipple Rock

Aerial photographer Bill Hemmel noticed that is a large rock east of Round Island in Winnipesaukee, commonly called Nipple Rock, appears to have received a fresh coat of paint. (Courtesy Bill Hemmel)

Gallagher announces candidacy in District 2

Brian Gallagher - Sanbornton Rep

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

SANBORNTON — State Rep. Brian Gallagher, a Republican serving his first term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, has announced he will run for the Senate in District 2, the seat opened by the decision of incumbent Jeanie Forrester to enter the race for governor.

Now retired, Gallagher is a veteran of state government who spent more than three decades working in public finance in New Hampshire , including 12 years in the state budget office at the Department of Administrative Services and another eight at the administrative office of the court system. In Sanbornton, he has served on the Budget Committee, PlanningBoard and Capital Improvements Committee, as well as served as a library trustee and trustee of the trust funds. He was also a member of the Budget Committee of the Winnisquam Regional School District.
In the Legislature, Gallagher drew nationwide attention this year by sponsoring legislation to forbid women from appearing topless in public places, which the House rejected by a voice vote.
Gallagher sits on the House Ways and Means Committee. As a member of the Belknap County Delegation has played a leading role in shaping the county budget. In particular, he was the architect of the delegation's decision to withdraw $600,000 from the fund balance and return it to property taxpayers, which was hotly opposed by a majority of the Belknap County Commissioners, who preferred to apply the funds to capital projects.
In announcing his candidacy for the Senate, Gallagher said his goal "will be to protect your money, your freedoms and the economic future of your families." Describing himself as a "conservative Republican," he said he will oppose a sales or income tax while working to reduce "government waste," promote economic growth with "pro-business policies," support families and seniors in need and ensure local control of schools.
Bob Giuda of Warren, a former member and deputy majority leader of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, announced last week that he would run for the Senate in District 2.

Senate District 2 consists of 27 towns in three counties: Haverhill, Piermont, Orford,Warren, Wentowrth, Dorechester, Ellsworth, Rumney. Groton, Orange, Grafton, Campton, Plymouth, Hebron, Alexandria, Holderness, Ashland, Bridgewater and Bristol in Grafton County; Meredith, Center Harbor, New Hampton, Sanbornton and Tilton in Belknap County; and Hill, Danbury and Wilmot in Merrimack County.

Guinta tells seniors he is working on drug issues

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Rep. Frank Guinta addresses questions by residents concerning the heroin problems in Laconia during his visit to the Laconia Housing Authority Sunrise Towers on Thursday afternoon.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Calling at the city in his quest for re-election yesterday, U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta fielded questions from more three dozen residents at Sunrise Towers that ranged from the crisis of heroin addiction to the cost of prescription drugs and from his vice presidential aspirations to the timing of traffic lights.
"I like to take on the tough challenges," Guinta began, referring not to his campaign, which has been dogged by the detritus of his financing of an earlier run, but his role as a member of the House Budget Committee. He said that he contributed to securing $5 million for drug courts, which have taken a major role in leading addicts toward treatment and recovery.
But, Kay, who lost two relatives to overdoses — one on Christmas Day — was skeptical. When Guinta explained that "this takes time' and stressed the need for long-term treatment, she replied that one of her relatives completed two 60-day programs and a two-year program, but less than a day after leaving jail was found at the Landmark Hotel dead with a needle in his arm.
Guinta said that he recently returned from a trip along the border with Mexico, which he called the source of 80 percent of the heroin reaching New Hampshire, and stressed the urgency of tightening security and curbing the drug cartels. He also noted that efforts are underway in Congress to establish protocols to guide physicians in prescribing addictive opiate medications from pain.
Although Guinta offered no specific measures to lower the high cost of prescription medications, he took the opportunity to express his support for awarding a cost-of-living allowance to Social Security recipientrs. He said that while the bill he introduced last year failed, "I'm still fighting to make that happen."
One woman told Guinta that the lights change at the intersection of Main Street and Court Street before most residents are able to get halfway across the street. Another woman responded that when she approached the city she was told the timing of the lights is set by the federal government.
"I just worry about your safety," said Guinta, who said he would look into the matter.
Guinta eschewed any aspirations to either the vice presidency or a cabinet position when one man asked him how he would respond to an offer.
"I need to finish my work in Congress, " he said.
Guinta, who was originally elected in 2010, when he rode the crest of the Tea Party wave, only to be ousted in 2012 and re-elected in 2014, struck a moderate tone, noting that most of his legislative initiatives in Congress have been bipartisan. Likewise, he took an oblique swipe at the tenor of the Republican Presidential Primary, recalling that after a show of temper as mayor of Manchester his wife reminded him "you always need to conduct yourself in public as if your children were watching."
Guinta will be challenged by Pam Tucker of Greenland, who is serving her fourth term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and Rich Ashooh, a former executive at BAE Systems of Nashua, in the Republican primary.

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