To The Daily Sun,
I have tried to concentrate on my door-to-door campaign, talking to you, the voters, and getting to know you as you get to know me. I do not send letters to the editor that distort my opponent's opinions or record. Unfortunately, my opponents have taken the negative route and I am compelled to set the record straight and make sure that those who read this paper know the truth.
I have been accused of wanting to dismantle the public school system because I believe in school choice. School choice enhances the public school system, it does not result in the disintegration of public schools. Study after study shows positive benefits for students and the public schools. I do believe in options for parents to find the best education for each of their children. The local public school might not be the best option for every child for a host of reasons. If my opponents want to dismantle charter schools in New Hampshire, I'd be glad to provide anyone with studies showing the benefits as well as parent satisfaction surveys. I would also point out that charter schools are public schools.
My opponent from Moultonborough has tried to connect me to the Koch brothers in a newspaper letter — "Glenn Cordelli is on board with the Koch brothers extreme agenda." I do not know the Koch brothers, I am not friends with the Koch brothers, and they have never contributed to any of my campaigns. If you follow his thinking then he must be admitting that he is tied to George Soros and his Open Society Foundation, since he has linked having certain views to an automatic connection to all others whose views could be construed as matching.
I'm letting you know that I think for myself and evaluate all legislation with all New Hampshire residents in mind. That is why I have worked with representatives from both parties.
My opponents have labeled me a "radical." This past year, representatives and senators from both parties came to me to ask me to co-sponsor their bills — actually more than 35 times. And what were these bills for which they wanted the support of a "radical"? Things like extending tax credits to Carroll County, enabling towns in Carroll County to offer tax credits for new business construction, requiring new legislation to have information on possible impacts on businesses, requiring early testing for dyslexia in our public schools.
I have been recognized nationally for my work on legislation to protect the privacy of our students and teachers. I have received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business and have been a member of the House Business Caucus. On my website, www.CordelliforNH.com, you can see my legislative record. You decide if the work I have done is "radical."
It's easy to label people and write letters. It's a different thing to do the work, do the research, serve on the committees, and carefully consider every vote you make. I will now go back to my door-to-door campaign, talking to people and learning what is most important to them, and how I can work in the best way possible.
Tuftonboro, Moultonborough, Sandwich
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