To The Daily Sun,
I am running for the state House to represent Carroll County District 4 (Moultonborough, Sandwich and Tuftonboro). It is important when considering candidate choices, especially local candidates, to know who they are, where they stand on issues and where they differ. Local offices after all can have the greatest impact on our day to day lives.
I have been an elected official in Moultonborough for nearly five years, two years on the Planning Board and currently serve as a selectman. I am a respiratory care practitioner still practicing here in New Hampshire. More details on my background can be found on my website: PaulPunturieri.Com.
We have a lot of work to do in New Hampshire, but I refuse to be taken in by the doom-and-gloom crowd who always see the glass as half empty and rarely celebrate any of the positive accomplishments we see in our great state. That is because their priorities have more to do with political ideology rather than representing the people that elected them to serve.
First and foremost, I will always put the needs of citizens and constituents ahead of political ideology. I know that we must and can do better. My one and only agenda will be the citizens I was elected to represent.
Living here in the Lakes region, our lakes are our lifeblood. I fully support efforts to protect them and keep them clean and beautiful for generations to come.
Continuing to focus on the positive, New Hampshire has a very low rate of unemployment, but employers are having a great deal of trouble finding skilled workers. We need to invest in our citizens and provide opportunities and incentives so that they can receive the education and training they need to fill those vacant jobs.
Working closely and collaboratively with the county as a member of the delegation, I will work to resolve issues and end the disharmony and acrimony. That won't happen without a changing of the guard. Some members of our current delegation have lost sight of the basic fact that they work for the citizens and taxpayers of Carroll County. In 2016 our three District 4 towns will pay 34 percent of the county property tax levy. A good incentive to work together.
I believe in our public schools and will not support efforts to defund, dilute or divert funds from them. We need to continue to invest in improving our public education system, not spending your tax dollars finding an alternative.
The defunding of the Carroll County farm, led by Rep. Cordelli, was wrong. I support a responsible plan for the future of that 153-year-old facility and one that will allow it to continue to be owned by the citizens of Carroll County. Defunding the operation of the farm before a plan for the future was even thought of is very poor leadership. Carroll County deserves better.
I hope you will consider voting for me on Nov. 8 so that we can keep New Hampshire moving forward.
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