Republican Bob Guida is first to declare candidacy for Forrester’s Senate seat

WARREN — Bob Giuda, a Republican from Warren, became the first from either party to declare his candidacy for the seat in Senate District 2 yesterday, the day after Jeanie Forrester of Meredith, who has represented the district for three terms, announced she is running for governor.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Guida was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1975 and served as a naval aviator for a decade. Afterwards he worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and later piloted Boeing 777s for United Airlines.

Guida was elected to the Board of Selectmen in Warren in 1998 and to the House of Representatives in 2000. He served on the Ways and Means, Labor and Rules committees and was named deputy majority leader in 2006. He chose not to seek re-election in 2008, but two years later vied for the seat in 2nd Congressional District, finishing third in the Republican primary election as the most conservative candidate in the field behind the incumbent Charlie Bass and Jennifer Horn .

Rep. Brian Gallagher, a Republican from Sanbornton who is serving his first term in the House of Representatives, is also expected to enter the race for the Senate seat in District 2.

Forrester Joins GOP Governors Race

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By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

MEREDITH – "There are three things Jeanie is afraid of," Keith Forrester told the enthusiastic crowd nearly filling the Wicwas Grange last evening. "Me with a mic, what I'm going to wear and what's Keith going to say."

But, when it comes to running for governor, Jeanie Forrester has no fear. "I'm a real conservative with real experience, " declared the Republican state senator serving her third term. "and a firm believer that all politics is local." Promising to run "a full-bore, grassroots campaign," she repeatedly struck its dominant theme by pledging "I will break from the past. I will be a governor for the people."

A native of Michigan, Forrester said she came from a "blue collar background," adding that her father worked in a factory and her mother waited tables. She recalled on her favorite Christmas she received "homemade clothes and pop tarts." Working as a secretary and studying at night, she was the first in her family to earn a college degree. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, she became a aide to Governor John H. Sununu. She has served as a town administrator in Tuftonboro and New Durham and as the executive director of Main Street Programs in Meredith and Plymouth. She and her husband are co-owners of a small environmental firm.

Forrester is serving her third term in the Senate, where she represents 27 towns in Belknap, Grafton and Merrimack counties as well as chairs the Finance Committee. serves on the Capital Budget Committeee. representing where she chairs the Finance Committee.

Forrester committed herself to limited government, personal responsibility, the right to bear arms, the life of unborn children and steadfast opposition to general sales or personal income tax.

Then Forrester turned her fire on the culture of the State House. Recalling the first of her three terms in the Senate, she said that the first vote she cast was the lone dissenting vote on a bill the Meredith town clerk advised her would adversely affect municipalities. "Whenever the politicians go after our communities," she said, "I will be with the people 100 percent of the time."

An opponent of the Northern Pass project, Forrester said she was warned that the energy lobby, but was not deterred. Instead she championed and shepherded legislation to curb the power of eminent domain and protect private property. As governor, she said, "New Hampshire will no longer be the energy doormat of New England. I will put the ratepayers first.

"It's time to take power away from Concord," Forrester said, "and empower our communities and protect them from the overreach of state government." .

Forrester said that after working for five years at Odyessy House, a drug treatment facility, she is prepared to tackle the scourge of addiction. "Now is the time to stand up for parents like Judy Tilton," she said eying the mother who lost a son to fentanyl a year ago. "I grieved with you then and I grieve with you now," she said.

Forrester called for teaching children about the risks of drugs "early and often," pledged to open "a tip line" with a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to the conviction of dealers, and promised that those selling drugs that kill others will be tried for murder and sentenced to life without parole. "We will lock you up and throw away the key," she said.

Forrester drew a spirited response not only from her longtime, predominantly Republican supporters, but also from the likes of Tilton selectmen, Pat Consentino and Katherine Dawson, who held signs in the front row.

"Any question or concern we've had over the years," Consentino said, "we pick up the phone. She listens, does everything she can and follows up to make sure the problem got fixed." Dawson said that she comes to their meetings just to ask "is there anything you need from me?"

Forrester is the fourth candidate to enter the Republican gubernatorial primary, joing Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Representative Frank Edelblut of Wilton.

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A close call - Gilmanton Year-Round Library may close – but just for April

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Children's Librarian Pam Jansury leads "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" with instruments and singing during Story Time at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library Wednesday morning. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

 

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILMANTON — The Year Round Library is very close to raising the $47,500 needed to stay open for all of the next year.

With $41,228 raised so far, board member Jenn MacLeod said that if the library is forced to close, it will likely do so on April 2 and possibly reopen by May 1. She said the GYRL board will be meeting at 7 p.m. Friday to determine if they would close and when.

"We're one month shy of the $47,500. Hopefully, we'll make it," said librarian Tasha LeRoux-Stetson.

The Gilmanton Year-Round Library had petitioned two separate warrant articles on to the ballot portion of the annual Town Meeting earlier this month. The first would have provided the library with two consecutive years of operations money for some long-term planning. The second was to raise and appropriate $47,500 for this year only. Needing a simple majority, the second one failed by less than a handful of votes.

According to the library's website, there will also be a "community conversation" on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m., at the library. The goal of the meeting, it says, is "to begin the discussion of how to best fulfill the mission of the GYRLA." Organizers hope to develop a long-term strategy not just for funding but also to involve the community and make the library a valued resource for everyone in Gilmanton.

Those who wish to donate to the cause can do so online at www.gyrla.org.

MacLeod said that all of the library board members are genuinely touched by the generosity of the people who have made donations to them so far.

"We are so grateful," she said.

She said the library was where her two younger children went for story time and met the children who would be their friends in kindergarten and grade school. MacLeod said story time is for play and socializing, but to also learn early literacy skills, coloring and motor skills.

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Head Librarian Tasha LeRoux Stetson checks in books while Children's Librarian Pam Jansury holds Story Time upstairs at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library on Wednesday morning.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)