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We find Joe Kinney to be down-to-earth, honest & conservative

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To The Daily Sun,
January 21 is a special primary day for replacing Raymond Burton on the Executive Council for District 1. According to their website, the Executive Council of the State of New Hampshire has the authority and responsibility, together with the governor, over the administration of the affairs of the S=state as defined in the New Hampshire Constitution, the New Hampshire statutes, and the advisory opinions of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the Attorney General.

Each of the five Executive Councilors represents one fifth of the population or approximately 247,000 citizens. The councilors participate in the active management of the business of the state. They receive assistance from the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services and the Attorney General who review requests involving state funds since no expenditure can be legally authorized without the availability of adequate funds.

The New Hampshire "Governor and Executive Council" perform many valuable tasks that are of major importance to our fiscally conservative, very open government. Some of their more noteworthy duties and responsibilities are:

"All major executive branch business is conducted in public with the press present;

All state departments and agencies must seek approval of both receipt and expenditures of state and federal funds, budgetary transfers within the department and all contracts with a value of $10,000 or more not including personal service contracts of $2,500;

The Executive Council approves the spending of a major portion of the approximately 5.2 billion dollars that is appropriated annually by the legislature;

Executive Councilors serve as watchdogs of the state treasury to ensure state departments do not spend more than was authorized by the legislature, nor allocate funds for items or services which the legislature has not sanctioned.

The Executive Council plays a vital role in improving the state's infrastructure, especially roads and bridges, via management and oversight of the state's 10 year Highway Plan;

Executive Councilors make certain that those appointed to the executive branch of state government, whether commissioners, department heads or citizen members of the myriad of regulatory boards, agencies and commissions are all responsible to the citizens of New Hampshire and not to special interests;

More importantly, Executive Councilors are the constituent's eyes and ears in Concord. They ensure the executive branch of state government is fiscally conservative and above reproach."

Joe Kinney is running for Executive Council as a Republican. We've listened to him, and we find Joe down to earth, honest, considerate, and definitely conservative, as required by the above qualifications. With his experience in the legislature, he would be responsible to the citizens of District 1 of New Hampshire. We urge you to cast your vote for Joe Kinney on January 21.

Hal & Peggy Graham