If elected, I'll support legislation that supports responsible freedom

To The Daily Sun,

Thank you for voting for me in the primary.
How do we assure our freedom? Article 10 of our state Constitution states, "Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of non resistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind." Source 1784.

My name is Valerie Fraser and I am your Republican state representative candidate for Belknap County District 1 (Center Harbor and New Hampton). Thank you so much to the hundreds of voters who came out and voted in the primary election and I ask for your vote in the general election on Nov. 4. I have been officially endorsed by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. Responsible freedom has been defined as an individual having the right to do whatever he wants as long as he does not force his will on any one else. Jesus commanded us to love they neighbor as thyself. We don't need an ever expanding government with its many accumulative little restrictions and rules to achieve freedom. To the contrary, it inhibits freedom and suppresses our desire for action. We should all do our best to obey the golden rule.

Our republic is composed of fully responsible free people that truly are the state; the state of free men and women on their own country or territory (we call it New Hampshire). The Constitution is a body of rules to protect the rights of free people. Our government is the elected representatives who carry out the business of government for the free people, and lastly, civil servants are free people serving as employees of the people of the state as well as of the government. We should all look to the New Hampshire State Constitution as our guidebook. No government should have any power to usurp our "we the people" inherent rights ordained by God and defined in our Constitution. We must remain ever vigilant and use our power of discernment to keep those rights.

If I am elected, I will do my very best to support the Constitution and legislation that supports responsible freedom and be the representative who is your voice in government. Please vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Valerie Fraser

New Hampton

Candidate for State Rep: Center Harbor & New Hampton

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Jeb Bradley understand he works for the taxpayer; he'll listen

To The Daily Sun,

On Wed., Oct. 15, I attended a meet the candidates event in Wolfeboro. I submitted a question on an issue about which all of the candidates said that they knew nothing. The moderator asked if I would like to explain the substance of the issue.

After saying only a few words and seconds into my explanation, I was shouted down by the "tolerant" liberals in the audience and at least one of the Democrat candidates, namely, John White, State Senate candidate.

Mr. White then asked to say something and I responded by saying that he apparently had suddenly gained knowledge on the subject and that I would gladly like to be educated. His response was that he doubted that I was capable of being educated and proceeded to rant and rave about the issue which I hadn't yet explained and about which he had admitted minutes, if not seconds, before that he hadn't any knowledge. His outburst was totally unresponsive to the question posed and makes me believe that he is not able to control his emotions. This is a characteristic that does not allow one to make reasonable and well thought out decisions.

Sen. Jeb Bradley and I have differing opinions on quite a few issues, but we are capable of having rational and unemotional discussions without personally attacking each other. Sen. Bradley understands that he works for the taxpayer and is willing to listen and perhaps learn something from his constituents.

Mr. White on the other hand seems sure that he knows everything and certainly more than the New Hampshire taxpayer for whom he would work if he were elected.

Vote for John White if you want someone who apparently is not interested in your opinion and who would attack a constituent with whom he disagrees even before understanding the issue at hand.

Vote for Jeb Bradley if you want someone who will serve you.

Remember, your state senator works for you.

Vince Merola



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Carolyn Mello will bring a breath of fresh air to the N.H. Senate

To The Daily Sun,

I recently had the opportunity to hear Carolyn Mello, candidate for N.H. State Senate District 2. Listening to Carolyn was like a breath of fresh air. She was happy to answer questions on how she felt about key issues. She answered them forthright unlike her opponent who has spent year's not answering questions directly.

Carolyn stated that her focus on running is "people first" and that was very clear as she spoke.

Carolyn is a veteran of the United States Air Force. She is a mother, a grandmother, a retired special educator and serves as a member of the Holderness School Board. What Carolyn is not is a politician. She is not mired in party politics and has no allegiance to any person or group other then the people of Senate District 2. She has broad life and work experiences that mirror many of those of the people she seeks to represent and she is willing to bring those experiences to the State House and fight for each of us.

On the ballot Carolyn will have a "D" next to her name, but a "P" would better represent her — a "P" for people. I encourage voters is Senate District 2 to learn about Carolyn and vote for her on Nov. 4.

Denise Doyle


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I've been inspired by the leadership Martha Richards provides

To The Daily Sun,

Martha Richards is running for re-election as Grafton County Commissioner for District 3. In this role, Martha has been a force behind constructing the county complex woodshop biomass plant, which has already saved $148,000 in fuel costs. Martha has shown her concern for the effects caused by a lack of full mental health services in the North Country. Her voice has been consistent in opposing both Northern Pass and wind turbines, addressing the harmful effect both projects can have on this part of the state.

Martha's intention is to continue to be this voice for all citizens opposed to Northern Pass, urging the burial of the proposed 180 miles of lines where the result will provide revenue for the state. As she has already done, Martha will continue to work for sound, fiscally wise budget solutions to meet the needs of citizens in Grafton County.

I have personally been inspired by her leadership in heating assistance through raising money through the Keep the Heat On fundraiser which, last year, raised over $40,000 to help those in need of heat. I will be voting for Martha Richards on Nov. 4 and strongly encourage you to join me.

Edith Hamersma


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Dave Pollak will bring reasoned, well-thought-out approach

To The Daily Sun,

I have followed the contentious back and forth power struggle between the Belknap County Convention and the Belknap County Commissioners and, like many residents of the county, am tired of it all. We elected the commissioners to do the best job possible of running county government and I think we need to refocus on the job our commissioners were tasked to do and away from petty, partisan politics.

I believe one candidate for commissioner can do just that and I encourage the voters in Sanbornton, New Hampton and Laconia to take a look at Dave Pollak's credentials and actions. Dave and I first met when he was hired to teach classes at the then New Hampshire Community Technical College, now Lakes Region Community College, where I also worked.

As a long-time college faculty member, he is used to hearing and listening to divergent views when problem-solving. He will analyze all sides of an issue before acting. As a candidate, Dave has taken the initiative, and his own time, to visit several jails and prisons in New Hampshire to ask relevant questions of those administrators and learn more about what might work well for Belknap County.

Dave Pollak will bring a calm, reasoned, and well-thought out approach to managing county government. He'll look at all sides of an issue, listen to opinions, verify facts and then give input. He's a "roll up the sleeves and get the job done" kind of guy and I recommend him highly for your consideration on Election Day.

Don Morrissey


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