To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank the people of Belknap County District 8 — from Alton Barnstead and Gilmanton — for your support during my first term as your state representative. It has been gratifying to help some of you with issues related to the state or county government; some issues with resolution and some I'm still working on.
Yes, I have been attacked by the liberal Democrats on my voting record but, I'm a conservative Republican and my votes are in line with the Republican platform. That is why I have been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, New Hampshire Job Creation Alliance, American Conservative Union Foundation, New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, Nation Rifle Association, and I have a 97.4 percent score with the House Republican Alliance.
It's easy to attack some one through a letter to the editor, like Ruth Larson's recent letter attacking me for my votes.
Did you know, as a member of the Gunstock Area Commissioners, Ruth voted to not reimburse the county taxpayers the millions of tax dollars that were used in 2001 to bail out Gunstock when it was insolvent? I promise to negotiate for the taxpayers to get a share of the annual profits of Gunstock, which is owned by the residents of Belknap County.
In government I've learned that some tax dollars are well spent and some are not. For example, look at the war on drugs. Did you know that even with the increased spending, New Hampshire is on track to set a new record for overdose deaths this year? Is this money well spent? You decide.
I'm not a politician, just a citizen like you trying to do what is right for everyone. I ask for your support on November 8th, for a second term to represent you in our citizen Legislature. Thank you for your support and please call me if you have any concerns on county or state related issues.
Raymond Howard, Jr.
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