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Marchand stands out from other Democratic candidates for governor

To The Daily Sun,

New Hampshire Public Radio lately focused on candidate Colin Van Ostern's qualifications for governor (he's on the Sept. 13 primary ballot along with two other Democrats — how fine to have a race!). He has an MBA from Dartmouth. He's worked at the executive level of Stonyfield yogurt.

Compare candidate Steve Marchand. Steve received a Bachelor's degree in international relations and a Bachelor's degree in public affairs from Syracuse University in 1996. He went on to receive a Master's in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in 1998. At 29 he was elected to Portsmouth City Council; at 31 he became mayor of Portsmouth. He also has worked as an auditor, and as UNH director of Corporate Relations.

Van Ostern has Executive Council experience. Marchand has been responsible for a complex city.

While Democratic Party affiliation will cause much sameness, candidate Marchand is 100 percent opposed to the death penalty, is the only candidate 100 percent opposed to Northern Pass energy line. He's for new revenue sources (not income or sales tax, however). He's pro-immigration. He's for funded family leave and for LGBTQ rights. He's pro-choice. He wants body cameras on our police. He's supportive of sensible gun-safety measures. He prioritizes public education's needs.

Having met Steve Marchand at a Sanbornton home gathering, I'm supporting Steve Marchand on Tuesday, Sept. 13, when I pick up my Democratic Party ballot, and hope you will, too. Independents can ask for a Democratic Party ballot — do it.

Christine Hobby
Sanbornton

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DiMartino, Piquado & Huot are excellent choices for state rep

To The Daily Sun,

The election for the New Hampshire House of Representative should be written up as a political science case study. On the one hand, we have intelligent candidates who, in the historic tradition of American politics, have demonstrated their ability to think and reason independently in arriving at voting decisions on each piece of legislation. On the other hand, we have candidates operating within a current unproven political philosophy created external to our state that has become the template for deciding how to vote. In other words, the free-thinking House Representatives can be responsive to the wishes of those they represent while the voting of those wedded to preconceived templates imposed from beyond our state support positions poorly related to the local wishes of our citizens.

Let us dig deeper into governing and political philosophy. A widely accepted principle is that government is bad, thus smaller governments are better than larger governments. This is often stated as, "We do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem" suggesting that even in times of recession when tax revenues fall severely we are left without enough money to run our state. State budgeting compounds the confusion by raiding sources such as the gasoline tax and cutting the tobacco tax, yet failing to provide for the mentally ill and the road and bridges that require major attention.

Now let us look at a better governing and political philosophy that independent thinking representatives could lead if not out-voted by those with preconceived templates imposed from beyond our state. A basic principle should be that every single penny of tax money should be used to meet the needs of our citizens, and that dedicated taxes should be used only for their intended purposes. Yes, this would give priority to the most important state government functions (education, services for the most disadvantaged such as mental health, our road infrastructure, public safety and other ways to spend money to save money in the long run); this would put a squeeze all of the way down through the less important budget items and result in dropping some entirely.

Further, the essential functions of government can be run more efficiently and perhaps enable a hold on future cost expansion. We already know that health insurance for all is less expensive that emergency rooms; a healthy population can save billions of dollars for our nation. Our public school system can become more efficient in delivering education through grasping and adopting competency based learning and the individualization of teaching; we must understand that we teach individual students, not classes. How about having a House of Representatives in which intelligent and independent thinkers can provide leadership in making government efficient where the money is spent as a way to lower taxes. First solve the problem at the roots, where the money is spent; fix that first and also fix the tax structure.

I personally do not know all candidates running for the House of Representatives. But I do know three that can think independently to serve Meredith, Gilford, and Laconia: Lisa DiMartino, Dorothy Piquado, and Judge David Huot. All three are intelligent, wise and have integrity. There also be other candidates with these qualities; look carefully at each. And there are others wed to an external, unproven, political philosophy that come short of giving our citizens what they want.
I believe that the above expressed political approach applies to all state offices and to federal elected positions. I am an independent voter supporting candidates from both parties.

I invite you to join with me in this primary election to nominate Lisa DiMartino, Dorothy Piquado and Judge David Huot.

Miller C. Lovett

Meredith

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