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I stand with your hard-working county employees & ask for your vote

To The Daily Sun,

Regarding my involvement in local politics in Gilford, Mr. Horvath in a recent letter, mentions my pandering to special interests. If he considers the following community involvement within that definition, then who would have thought that we could actually agree on something.

Working together in support of quality education, our schools, library, and teachers and staff; supporting and valuing the work of our town employees, both in the workplace and in our community; supporting our public safety personnel including our fire department; working together over the years to help make Gilford a wonderful place to live, raise a family and create a true sense of community.

Moving on to the county, I stand with the hard-working county employees and support a new jail that is affordable and meets all of our requirements and objectives. Also, my hope is that we can all move forward with a better working relationship and actually be effective for the citizens of Belknap County.

As your state representative, I supported, investing in quality education and infrastructure, local businesses and the economy, expanding quality health care for our citizens, protecting women's rights, and provided a voice for those who might otherwise go unheard.

Yes, these are some of the issues that I stand for, and I'm proud of it!

To the citizens of Gilford and Meredith, I respectfully ask for your vote on Nov. 4. You deserve a committed and sensible representative that puts people first before politics, ideology, or numbers on a ledger sheet, and actually shows up to get it done.

Thank you for your consideration and the privilege to serve you. I urge you to please get out and vote and I look forward to seeing you at the polls.

I wish all the candidates the best on Election Day.

I also ask that you please vote for Nancy Frost, Sandi Mucci and Dorothy Piquado for State Rep, Gilford and Meredith, Andrew Hosmer for State Senate and David Pollak for County Commissioner, if you live in Laconia, Sanbornton, or New Hampton.

For more information, assistance, or to support my re-election, please visit www.lisadimartino4rep.com.

Lisa DiMartino

State Representative

Belknap 2, Gilford and Meredith

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:45

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Amendments are designed to protect incumbents & I will vote 'no' on all

To The Daily Sun,

After awhile one has to review what is that important in life. My friend and fellow activist Ken Gorrell often repeats his "we deserve what we tolerate" to describe why our country is headed down the road to ruin. I appreciate the space to make my final comments in print before the election on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

I am voting for Kathy Rago for Senate District 7. Kathy is well-qualified for the job. I find her opponent hypocritical with his vote against families of lesser financial means to assist them in placing their children in a school other than the public school. I am glad that Hosmer can do it, but he does not care that your child is stuck in the government indoctrination center.

I do appreciate Mayor Ed Engler accepting my invite to do radio with me. While saddened that the other members of the council, as well as department heads, have chosen not to visit with me.

After reading the Friday edition of the Sun I see a full-page ad with names supporting Andrew Hosmer that surprised me, yet they must find they agree with him.

Disappointed is the word for Ed Engler's op-ed. For parts of the charter amendments I refer to as "the protection of incumbents Act of 2014." Not much thought was put into these amendments. Why after telling me he fought for 10-15 names for a write-in and now he thinks 35 is the magic number? That may be for a state office but we operate with a City Charter for our municipal elections. I will vote "No" on every amendment, and urge others who believe this is unfair to the person who the night before the primary decides to give the Protected Incumbent a primary, and then general election; a choice.

I used to believe in the process. Time to review if local politics are worth my time.

Niel Young


Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:41

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I need to apologize to some for respecting dignity of county workers

To The Daily Sun,

I wish to thank the voters and residents of Belmont and Belknap County who have supported me in 26 years of public office. It has truly been a privilege to serve you.

I would also like to offer my apologies to Reps. Worsman, Cormier, Greenwood, Tilton, Burchell, Comtois, Sylvia, Vadney, and their friends.

I wish to apologize for the following:

— Respecting the dignity of the county employees.

— Honoring contractual obligations.

— Thinking that excellent work by employees should be rewarded by reasonable wage increases.

— Keeping operational costs as low as five years ago.

— Not conducting a smear campaign to get elected.

— Not understanding why Reps. Tilton, Vadney and Greenmore are trying to destroy the salary and benefit packages of our employees when those employees are paying for the military retirement and medical benefits of those three through their taxes.

— For not agreeing with Reps Worsman, Cormier, Tilton and Burchell for personally going after the county administrator's salary.

— For not agreeing with a judicial decision that has destroyed the efficiency of the day-to-day operation of the county.

— For thinking that reducing recidivism by treatment for mental illness and addictions and building a comprehensive community criminal justice system rather than just incarceration is the way to go.

Again, thank you, the voters and residents of Belmont and Belknap County, for your support.

John H. Thomas


Belknap County Commissioner

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:38

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It's been a pleasure serving you as your District 1 Executive Councilor

To The Daily Sun,

I am running for re-election to Executive Council District 1 and I ask for your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The Executive Council is a two part Executive Branch system in which the council administrates the Executive Branch along with the governor. The five executive councilors are elected every two years, concurrently with the governor. We oversee state contracts, approve the spending of the major portion of the billions of dollars that is appropriated annually by the Legislature.

Additionally, the council also acts on a wide variety of official actions, such as the nomination and confirmation of some 350 commissioners and directors who administer the 65 departments and agencies in state government. The council also votes on the judicial appointments to the bench.

Over the past seven months, I have traveled more than 45,000 miles to get around the District 1 which consists of 108 towns and four cities. I have fielded dozens upon dozens of constituent calls. It has been my pleasure to help out so many people with their concerns, whatever they maybe. I have stated, "If it is a problem for you, then it is a problem for me, and let's solve it together."

I have approached the job trying to build bridges and relationships with citizens, community leaders and others to make the position of Executive Council, the position of the people's. Too often, citizens do not know how to navigate state government and it has been my pleasure to help them.

My passed experience in local (selectman) and state government (eight years in the N.H. House and six years in the state Senate) has prepared me well for the position of Executive Council, and I have not missed a beat and I have attended all meetings and contributed to the process. I have committed myself to the Executive Council full-time and I have enjoyed it greatly.

If re-elected, the issues I want to work on are: Constituent service, work with the economic development corporations to create more New Hampshire jobs, and to shape the 10-year highway plan to better assist our communities and transportation system in District 1. I also want to see if we can limit our sole-source contracts in state government. There needs to be more competitive bidding process within our contracting system and we need to keep as many contracts here in New Hampshire. Millions and millions of dollars are going out of state.

I hope to continue to educate students on the uniqueness of Governor and Council and its history. Only two other states have a council (Massachusetts and Minnesota) and they are limited in their scope of activity. The governor knows she has to count to three before anything passes during a council meeting, it is a good check and balance and it keeps the executive branch the most transparent in the nation.

On Nov. 4, I asked for your vote and it has been a pleasure serving you.

Joseph D. Kenney

Executive Councilor District 1


Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:33

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Richard Leonard's socialist ideas have never worked & will never work

To The Daily Sun,

Sam Cataldo is our conservative state senator representing Rochester, Farmington, New Durham and Alton. Once again he is being challenged by liberal Richard Leonard.

Leonard supports Common Core, the top-down attempt of the federal government to take over our schools. Sam believes in local control of our schools. Leonard supports raising the minimum wage. Sam knows it would hurt lower-income people as it has everywhere it has been tried because people get laid off and lose their jobs (check out Seattle, Wash.).

Leonard is against New Hampshire becoming a right-to-work state. Sam supports it because it has raised wages in all states where it has been passed. He knows lowering taxes and regulations on businesses would attract them to our state, creating jobs.

As a recreation director at a local nursing home I have asked Sam to visit the residents twice, the second time when some residents had concerns about Medicaid expansion. He always makes himself available to them as he is a senior citizen himself. He explained why the expansion would be bad for New Hampshire and then voted against it as he said he would. It is just an expansion of Obamacare, which Leonard supports. When the federal money runs out in a couple of years the state will be stuck with the bill (State sales tax or income tax anyone?).

Sam doesn't believe in the false science of man-made global warming. Leonard does and of course the liberal solution is always more big government socialism.

Sam supports the voter I.D law to prevent voter fraud. Liberals always depend on the votes of unqualified voters.

Leonard's socialist beliefs don't work, never have worked and never will work. Ask Gorbachev. They always lead to government control of every aspect of the citizens' lives. Sam believes in individuals living their lives unencumbered by big government. This works. Ask Reagan.

Let's return Sam Cataldo to the state Senate where he will continue to fight for our liberties and freedoms.

Phil Wittmann


Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 05:57

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