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Please write in Josh Adjutant on Democratic ballot in District 9

To The Daily Sun,

There are 536 residents in Grafton County's 9th District that rely on the Medicaid expansion. Though that is a number, the people behind that number are real, and I know many of them. They're our friends, our neighbors, and those we hold dear. They must be protected, and that, among other issues, is what I hope to do in Concord as a state representative.

My name is Josh Adjutant, I'm a Democratic candidate for the HD-9 seat, and I'm asking for your vote in the July 18 primary so we can have representation tailored to our community, and not the wishes of the swarm of donors about to embrace the GOP nominee. So that we can have representation based on real issues like Northern Pass, Medicare, taxes, and education, and not another representative to go to Concord and do the political classes bidding.

The Newfound region is my home and has been for the last 22 years. I care deeply about the friends I've made so far on the campaign trail and the ones I make every day talking to voters. We are running a grassroots, issues oriented campaign because I believe that's the only way you can truly represent your constituency. You have to get out to talk to folks, and have conversations where you might disagree, not just wait for them to come and talk to you, only to be unresponsive.

The Republican establishment has been repeating the same tone-deaf messaging about your seat, saying "we will hold the seat Republican." Not "we will elect someone to work for (insert issue here), but just "we will spend our donors money just to get a red shirt instead of a blue shirt in Concord."

Partisan politics don't matter to me. You do. The kids I mentored at the Community Center should have a thriving community to live in if they chose to stay here and contribute to our economy. The seniors who have played fair for 70 years and now face Medicare cuts because irresponsible legislators got voted in and threw them right under the bus should be able to have the retirement they spent their entire lives paying for through strong social security. The residents who have high prescription drug costs need someone ready to draft legislation making it legal for New Hampshire to negotiate with drug companies over prices, and open the market to Canadian drugs, thus using the free market to drive down the costs.

The kids in the Newfound School District, who I stood up for as an active School Board member (2011-2012), are going to get a worse education than I got because of under-funding shouldn’t get a worse shake than their parents had. That's the opposite of progress. Our children must be the focus of our education policy. It's irresponsible to say the education of our kids is "none of my business," as another candidate in this race has.

The poorer residents who get taxed to death with painfully high property taxes while wealthy legislators write themselves checks from the kitty in the form of tax cuts for the top 3 percent (See Senate Budget 2017), need relief from someone in their shoes, who has never been considered wealthy.

Only July 18, I'm asking you to go to your local polling place, get a Democratic ballot, and write in Joshua Adjutant, not as a vote for me, but as a vote for us. A vote for our local community and economy. A vote for the future.

Josh Adjutant


  • Written by Edward Engler
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Council hasn't right to approve or reject any school or police contract

To The Daily Sun,

Where in any law or city charter does it provide or authorize the City Council to “approve” or “reject” any employment agreements regarding SCHOOL or POLICE Department employment contractual agreements?

The School Board and the Police Commission negotiate and sign all employment contractual agreements, not the City Council or city manager.

The reality is that the annual appropriations for salaries and associated benefits related line items are proposed by the city manager and ultimately are established by the City Council.

What that means is that in the event the City Council does not fund the line items requested associated with contractual agreement, comparable to any private business, in its annual budget or a supplemental budget, the number of employees embraced by a negotiated contract or services may be adjusted — a layoff. No municipal department in the City of Laconia, union or non-union is exempt. Greed can and does cause a reduction in productivity and services.

Property taxpayers’ cost of living is at the will of its elected representative.

Thomas A. Tardif

  • Written by Edward Engler
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