To The Daily Sun,
Everyone complains about the inability of our congressional representatives to cooperate in solving problems on the national level in Washington. But it also seems our current state representatives have little ability to overcome gridlock on the local level here in New Hampshire. The past few years have been full of stories about important issues for the average citizen — our schools, our jails, our roads, our mental health system — being road-blocked by extreme opinions that influence our legislators in Concord.
There is a new person running for state representative from Laconia this election who has the power to rise above gridlock and solve problems. His name is Tom Dawson, and he knows how to get things done. He's been a neighbor of mine for years, and I know he is honest, capable, and responsible. He understands a wide range of state issues, and he has broad experience in solving complex problems and promoting consensus between different groups of people, on the way to putting those solutions into action.
Dawson has already helped the citizens of District 3 in many important ways over the past decades. For example, he served for three terms on the Laconia School Board. Before that, he was appointed by the governor as state fire marshal to work with all the towns of New Hampshire. And he is a retired professor of fire technology who has taught at Lakes Region Community College for many years. In all of those capacities, he learned to deal with challenging budgets, to manage large numbers of people, and to promote the common good in the most responsible way possible.
Here are the issues he has spoken about and promoted during his life in public service. He represents the working class of average citizens. He supports the public schools and higher education. He stands up for New Hampshire women to achieve equality in the workplace and in health care. He supports a minimum wage increase and the right to collective bargaining for all workers in the state. I know he has the strength of character to pursue these issues with fairness, determination, and perseverance.
In short, when you go to the polls to vote on Nov. 4, if you are looking for someone who can make a difference in District 3, then Tom Dawson is your man. In fact, electing Thomas William Dawson to the state Legislature can make a difference for all of New Hampshire. He represents the common people like you and me, and he won't let us down.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:26
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing today to encourage the residents of Belknap County to vote for a very important candidate for county commissioner.
Dave Pollak is an open-minded, level headed man who would like to serve the residents of Belknap County in a responsible way. We need the residents of Laconia, Sanbornton, and New Hampton to do their research into Dave Pollak. You will find that he really has the level head that is needed on the Belknap County Commission.
Belknap County employee
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:23
To The Daily Sun,
If you are a candidate for office, you have a basic obligation to the people of your district. If you expect us to vote for you, we have a right to learn about your ideas and vision, and you have a duty to hear your constituents' concerns.
Kathy Rago apparently believes that she owes nothing to the voters of Laconia and Gilford. She expects to get away with a stealth campaign for State Senate in District 7. She hasn't appeared at any public forums in these two locations, and now she has even refused to attend the Lakes Region Community College candidates' forum hosted by LRCC and the League of Women Voters NH. Laconia is the largest city in District 7 and yet since Ms. Rago declined. The citizens of Laconia will not be able to hear from her before the election. Because she won't attend Senator Andrew Hosmer will not be allowed to speak at the event.
Andrew Hosmer will be there anyway to offer his time, because he wants to listen to the people he represents. Sen. Hosmer has always been there with his time and effort for the people of District 7. He has shown up for every forum or debate he has been invited to. He has agreed to any format in Laconia Ms. Rago prefers, at any location. She still refuses.
So where is Kathy Rago and why is she refusing to participate in an open forum for the voters of Laconia? Avoiding Laconia leads us to believe she wants to hide her vision, doesn't want to be held accountable for her votes, or just doesn't care about the people of Laconia, or those in Gilford.
Kathy Rago does not deserve our vote. I support Andrew Hosmer because he shows up. He takes responsibility for his votes. He is always accessible and committed to District 7. And he has a record of working hard and producing results for us. Andrew Hosmer cares about us. Kathy Rago doesn't.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:20
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to support Jeanie Forrester in her re-election to the New Hampshire Senate.
I have worked with Jeanie on various "Main Street" issues in my hometown of Meredith. From my first-hand experience, Jeanie is an honest, trustworthy person who works hard to accomplish goals set before her. She is a person of integrity whom I respect with the utmost confidence.
I also appreciate how she endeavors to keep constituents informed through her regular email communications and how she solicits feedback on issues that are being addressed in Concord. In these ways, I feel informed, in touch and participating in decisions being made on behalf of my community.
Keep Jeanie working for us by your vote on Nov. 4.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:17
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to urge support of Peter Spanos' campaign for state representative.
Peter is a native of Laconia and a business owner. As a business owner, Peter is uniquely qualified to help our economy grow and bring better jobs back to the Lakes Region. Peter understands how high taxes can prevent small businesses from growing, hiring more neighbors and thus providing more money to purchase goods and services from other small businesses.
Peter also understands how state government over-regulation can be costly, both in terms of attorney fees to remain in compliance but also in the time spend trying to understand the ever changing regulatory landscape.
Finally, Peter understands how critical a high quality education is to allow our young people the opportunity to stay in the Lakes Region and have the training to start their own small businesses to support their family and the general community.
The Lakes Region is fortunate to have someone of Peter's experience, intellect and dedication to public service is willing to endure the challenges of public service. I would encourage you to vote for Peter on Nov. 4.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:14