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Steve Darrow will work hard for all of us, regardless of party

To The Daily Sun,

I just wanted to take a few moments of your time to tell you why I am voting for Steve Darrow, Republican, for Grafton County District 17 State Representative to the New Hampshire Legislature. I hope that others will feel the same way and pledge their support for my candidate.

Born and raised in Detroit, Darrow attended Canaan College and Franconia College and graduated with a B.A. in literature. He fell in love with New Hampshire and never left. He was hired by United Parcel Service in 1977 and worked in management for 28 years until his retirement. He currently holds the position of Selectboard chair of the Town of Grafton, where he has been selectman for 12 years. He has always been involved with his community.

For eight years he was on the Board of Directors to the Mascoma Valley Health Initiative. He served on the Mascoma Valley Regional School Board. He has been a commissioner to the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission. He labored on the trails of Cardigan Mountain as a volunteer with the Cardigan Mountain Highlanders.

He proudly serves his community, devoted to each member, regardless of political affiliation or socioeconomic background. He is an avid hiker and gardener, growing his own vegetables since his college days. Steve Darrow wants to see New Hampshire maintain its integrity. He believes New Hampshire has something to offer that is worth preserving. Steve Darrow cares about and wants to restore the New Hampshire Advantage, so that our youth don't have to move out of state to find a good job. He works at preserving and strengthening communities as he cares first and foremost about the people within those communities.

I am very interested in the way Grafton House District 17 (Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Enfield and Grafton) will be represented and nurtured during the next decade. Important decisions, such as business development, infrastructure, housing, education, and quality of life will have to be made, decisions that will affect our district in the long run.

I want a "fresh voice" on the dais, one that will work hard for all, regardless of party. Darrow is that voice ... that "100 percent fighter" that I have been waiting for and I will be voting for him this Nov. 4. I hope that you and other folks will join me and support Steve Darrow for Grafton House District 17 Representative.

Debbie Black


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:33

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In military, David DeVoy earned respect of peers & subordinates alike

To The Daily Sun,

Join me to elect David DeVoy for Belknap County Commissioner.

I have had the pleasure and honor to have known David Devoy for over 20 years and have the highest respect for his work within the military who recently retired as a colonel and as a business owner of three establishments. David has a great family and has lived in Sanbornton for many years.

My time serving with David in field artillery, logistics, and special staff has always been as a professional earning the respect of his peers and subordinates alike.

David's business sense will help our county succeed in lower taxes and good judgment for our constituents.

Please join me in supporting David DeVoy for County Commissioner on Nov. 4.

Douglas Rasp
(Retired Army Chief Sergeant Major) 


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:30

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I will use my energy & creativity to help craft a plan for county jail

To The Daily Sun,

If elected, I will work with the other Belknap County commissioners and the jail planning committee to choose an option that will do what we need to solve the jail problem for the long term and that will incorporate programs that work to reduce the jail population.

I have looked at the solutions chosen by Grafton, Sullivan, Merrimack, and Strafford counties. I have reviewed the Bennett report and recommendations. And, I have proposed working groups to address both pretrial detention and post trial sentencing alternatives to reduce the number of beds needed.

As a Laconia resident, I am extremely sensitive to our city's tax cap and the financial constraints throughout the county. I will use my energy and creativity to help craft a plan that will keep the project — including building and personnel costs — affordable and within the cap.

Please vote for me on Nov. 4.

David Pollak

Candidate for Belknap County Commission


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:26

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Kathy Rago has impressed me with her caring attention to detail

To The Daily Sun,

I wholeheartedly support Kathy Rago's campaign for the New Hampshire Senate, District 7.

While in the state Senate, I worked closely with Kathy Rago on a number of education issues, and was constantly impressed with her caring, attention to detail, and concern for providing quality education for all children. She has consistently pursued measures that improve our public schools while also providing alternatives such as public charter schools and tax credit funded scholarships for the poor.

Her opponent, on the other hand sends his own children to the private school of his choice while voting to deny scholarships to children in poverty. Besides her education expertise, her previous work in the energy and health care professions are vitally needed in the Senate. Kathy Rago is one of the most compassionate and capable people I have seen run for the state Senate, and deserves your vote.

Jim Forsythe
(Former state Senator, District 4)
Concord & Drayden, Md.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:23

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Gilford & Meredith to benefit imensely from electing George Hurt

To The Daily Sun,

I was raised and schooled in Gilford and had resided there for many years. I currently reside and conduct my business from Laconia. I have been following the politics at the state and county level and am appalled to read that Lisa DiMartino, Gilford's current representative to the Legislature, has consistently voted to raise taxes and fees on Gilford and Meredith taxpayers, as well as, increase regulations to stifle New Hampshire's job growth.

I understand from others, she claims she looks out for the taxpayer, but if you take a look at her voting record in the Legislature and at the county level it speaks volumes of raising taxes and fees for everyone. She voted "yes" to increase the gas tax by 67 percent. She voted "yes" to increase a fee on home heating oil. She voted "yes" to create a per-gallon fee on paint. And the list goes on. All this and more will surely affect all of us. From the homeowner, to the contractor, to the small businesses, all are trying to survive and keep their head above water. How is that looking out for the taxpayer?

It's time to elect individuals who will work for the taxpayer in doing their job they were elected to do, and one of those jobs should be to find ways not to just raise taxes and fees, that's the easy way out. Besides, we, the people, are running out of, or have no more money to give.!

How about finding places to cut the continuous waste of taxpayers' hard-earned money? It's time to get back to basics and learn what a budget is, what it is for. And here's a novel idea: Use it! There is a better choice in this year's Nov. 4 general election for Gilford and Meredith. The choice is clear, and if I could I would cast a vote for George Hurt a longtime Gilford resident. George has been a Laconia businessman for over 30 years and during that time he represented Gilford in the Legislature and served on the State Board of Education and the State's Judicial Conduct Commission.

I have known George as a friend for many years and can state without hesitation, that Gilford and Meredith taxpayers will benefit immensely with his position as representative on the county delegation and at the state level, too. I encourage my friends in Gilford and Meredith, please cast your vote on Nov. 4 for George. You will not be disappointed.

Norm Paquette


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:19

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