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Joe Casey has been a working-class leader for most of his life

To The Daily Sun,

I am excited about this election, from the top of the ballot all the way down. We have such amazing candidates running in Belknap and Strafford counties. The towns of Alton, Barnstead, Gilmanton, New Durham, and Farmington, along with the City of Rochester, have a chance to elect one of those amazing candidates as their new state senator. Joe Casey has my total support in this election. Joe will make a great state senator because he a serious leader who does not mistake self service for public service.

Joe has been a working-class leader for most of his life, he has worked to create hundreds of good paying jobs, thus improving the lives of New Hampshire workers and their families. He wants to protect those jobs and create more good paying jobs for New Hampshire citizens. Joe also will work to improve our public schools for New Hampshire children. As a father of four he has volunteered his time as a sports coach, and as a life long New Hampshire resident he has a deep feeling for helping his community.

Joe is extremely passionate about fighting the opioid epidemic, and he knows that we can not just handcuff our way out of it. The vicious cycle that this crisis thrives upon must be stopped in its tracks and that is exactly what Joe will work to do. Because of Joe's passion about a comprehensive approach using prevention, treatment, and help with recovery, he has received the endorsement of first responders from the New Hampshire Troopers Association and the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, along with many other groups and all three Strafford County commissioners.

I hope you will join me in voting for Joe Casey for state Senate on Nov. 8.

Lew Henry
Gilmanton Iron Works

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Ruth Gulick doesn't seem all that interested in her community

To The Daily Sun,

I have been a resident of New Hampton since 2009 and prior to this current election cycle, I had never heard of Ruth Gulick, even though she was the District 1 — New Hampton and Center Harbor — state representative for two terms from 2010 to 2014. She is once again running to try to take back this seat.

In contrast, during the past two years that Valerie Fraser has been our state representative, she has been extremely visible, active and helpful to her constituents. There have been numerous community issues that have been of concern to my husband and me, prompting us to attend selectmen meetings, NHDOT and other public meetings. Without fail, Valerie was in attendance to address these issues and speak on behalf of her constituents. Valerie's actions and attentiveness regarding the concerns of the towns and the constituents she represents, and her assistance in finding successful solutions to those concerns is, in my estimation, the literal definition of "actions speak louder than words."

On the other hand, where was Ruth Gulick? I do not recall her in attendance at any of the meetings referred to above and most recently she was completely absent in making her voice heard in support of literally "hundreds" of residents from New Hampton and Center Harbor in their efforts to save a historic local bridge that was in jeopardy of demolition.

I do not know Ms. Gulick, and cannot speak to her motivation in seeking this seat. However, due to her lack of interest and support of the issues of her fellow community members and neighbors, there should be concern among her potential constituents having her as our representative.

In this current political climate full of partisan politicians, Valerie is different. Valerie's actions prove she listens to and works for all of her constituents. Valerie is a completely bipartisan, active, energetic and effective representative for us in the New Hampshire House. Our communities would certainly be at a loss without Valerie Fraser as our representative for District 1. Please cast your vote for her on Nov. 8.

Julie Richelson
New Hampton

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