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Mark Connolly is the governor we need in these challenging times

To The Daily Sun,

In the state primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 13, New Hampshire Democrats have an opportunity to nominate a uniquely qualified and experienced candidate for governor, Mark Connolly. Alone among this year's candidates for governor, Mark offers executive, legislative, business, and regulatory experience that is sorely needed in these challenging times.

Mark is not a career politician. A native Granite Stater, he overcame a difficult upbringing to graduate from Dartmouth College, then earned an MBA at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Business. During his successful career in financial services, Mark has stepped up to the duty of public service at several points along the way. As a state representative, a budget advisor on the transition teams of Democratic and Republican New Hampshire governors, and as New Hampshire's top securities regulator, Mark has ably done New Hampshire's work without the need or expectation of higher office.

Mark's financial expertise served New Hampshire well when he led the state's Securities Division from 2002-2010. Mark took on powerful interests in investigating, exposing, and bringing to justice some of the largest financial frauds in our state's history. While others in state government were pointing fingers and passing the buck in the FRM Ponzi scheme, Mark put the needs of the victims and public protection ahead of partisan politics.

Mark will bring the same determination and clear judgment to the governor's office. He offers a strong progressive vision strengthened by an expert understanding of organizational management, financial markets, and strategic planning.

Mark sees the big picture and knows what it will take to make it happen. I ask my fellow Democrats to join me in voting for Mark Connolly for governor on September 13th.

Paul Phillips

Plymouth

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Liz Merry has immersed herself in community & knows the needs

To The Daily Sun,

I was a legislator back in the 1980s and was interested to note at the time how few of the 400 members really make a difference in that body. How few are actually listened to when they take the mic on the floor — maybe 75 out of 400.

I have watched Liz Merry in her many activities in New Hampshire, and in her term in the New Hampshire House when she lived in Sanbornton, and I'm so impressed by her leadership skills, knowledge, work ethic, and her commitment to the things she values.

She has an amazing resume, which includes a leadership role in Nortel Networks, as well as working on environmental projects internationally. Her interests are broad. Her commitment to mental health has been demonstrated by her leadership of NAMI-NH the National Association for Mental Illness as well as at Genesis Behavioral Health right here in Laconia. Her work on the LRGHealthcare board over the last several years has been important as the hospital and health system has been transforming itself to better meet the needs of the broader Lakes Region.

Liz Merry has immersed herself in the community, and is aware of the wide range of needs at the local and state levels. A strategic thinker, she is an asset to any cause she undertakes. We are lucky to have her as a candidate for the New Hampshire House from Laconia.

Please don't forget to vote in the Primary on Sept. 13 and support Liz Merry for state representative.

Barbara Zeckhausen
Laconia

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