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Russ Dumais has the tools to be an exceptional state representative

To The Daily Sun,

When voting for State Representative in the upcoming Primary Election please consider Russ Dumais of Gilford. I have personally known Russ for 44 years. He is a man of honesty and conviction.

He has been an educator, respected town leader and selectman in Gilford and a successful businessman in the Lakes Region. These life experiences give Russ the tools to be a great state representative who will make the tough decisions we need to successfully run our state government.

And as a former sheriff of Belknap County and county employee for 28 years, I know he has the ability to sit on the County Delegation and understand the unique issues we face here in our county. Russ will also be available to meet and speak with his constituents.

Stephen Hodges


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:41

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Sen. Jeanie Forrester has been tremendous advocate for Holderness

To The Daily Sun,

I am voting for Jeanie Forrester because she has been a tremendous advocate for Holderness. As a member of the Selectboard in Holderness, I can tell you that Jeanie has been the most effective elected official for our community since Ray Burton. She recently attended one of our meetings to report on her activities as our state senator and asked if there was anything she could do for us. We asked her to try and get resolution on the Jersey barriers that had plagued our downtown for more than a decade. Guess what? The barriers are now removed and new guard rails have been installed. Done. That is service.

And she is assisting in getting the $150,000 funding approved through the SEC for the Livermore Falls improvements. Jeanie is on the ball and committed to the communities in her district. This is refreshing, and not politics as usual.

I hope everyone will take part in our democratic privilege to vote in both the primary (Sept. 9) and the general election (Nov. 4). And I would encourage you to vote for Jeanie Forrester so the North Country continues to have a strong supporter in Concord.

Shelagh Connelly


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:38

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Scott Brown needs to do some research before he attacks on TV

To The Daily Sun,

Scott Brown and his SuperPAC buddies continue to lie about Senator Shaheen's record. I feel a need to put the real facts forward, but first, some context.

Recent attacks ads against the senator have indicated that she and her family benefited from her vote for the stimulus package in 2009. These ads have been taken off of many TV channels because of their factual inaccuracies. I find it offensive that they would falsely attack a sitting U.S. Senator, Democrat or Republican, just to promote another politician.

These are the facts: Sen. Shaheen and her family never received a single penny from voting for the stimulus package. Her husband was given stock options in a company that received a drop in the bucket worth of stimulus money. Neither the industry nor the company, which is developing better software to help detect breast cancer, knew it would be eligible to receive stimulus money until after the vote. In addition, Mr. Shaheen let these stock options expire, meaning it was not possible for him to receive any money from the company.

Mr. Brown and his friends need to do some research before they put another ad on TV.

As President Lincoln once said, "Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of one for the other."

Paula Trombi


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:36

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Andrew Hemingway was always willing to listen on Bristol BudCom

To The Daily Sun,

I recently read an article in the paper that described GOP gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway as "brash" and "unwilling to listen." The quotes were printed by the paper, citing anonymous sources from Bristol. I was elected to the Bristol Budget Committee the same year that Andrew was elected its chairman. For the entire budget process lasting approximately seven months, I watched Andrew's conduct, demeanor and leadership of the 13 member committee — from a vantage point of about 8 feet.

Andrew was anything but "brash" and "unwilling to listen." Whoever told this to the paper must have been referring to the previous chair, when the committee was run like his personal fiefdom.

Andrew was effective, considerate, observed Roberts Rules, sought consensus, and was genuinely concerned that budget pretensions to the committee were fairly and politely considered. He brought innovation to the budget process as well.

The end result was a budget that was unanimously approved by the Budget Committee, selectmen, CIP Committee, department heads and town administrator. The budget was dramatically reduced from the prior year, allowing for a reduction in municipal taxation. This doesn't happen when the man with the gavel is unwilling to listen.

I just wanted to correct the record, sign my name to this letter, and say I'm supporting Andrew Hemingway for governor. He is more than up to the job. Don't believe what "they" — who won't sign their names — say about him.

Brenda Biss-Fritz


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:33

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Taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for unnecessary jail components

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Raymond Howard Jr. and I'm running for the District 8 state representative seat which represents Alton, Barnstead and Gilmanton.

As a native of New Hampshire, I have lived in Alton the past 21 years with my wife, raising our children. I have been a self-employed, small businessman who has had some good years financially, as well as some tough ones. I am nearing retirement age and I feel the time is right for me to give back to my state, but more importantly, caring for the towns within the Belknap County, as a member of the County Delegation.

Some of my qualifications that I feel would benefit the people of our towns is my success as a small-business owner through hard work and conservative values. My years of leadership with the Boy Scouts of America as an unit commissioner helping Scout units resolve issues, with outcomes that are fair to all. In Alton I have served three years as a cemetery trustee, one year as chairman; and I am currently a member of the Alton Planning Board. Some of the challenges facing our county and state that need to be addressed in the near future are as follows.

The Belknap County Jail building plan discussions have occurred with estimates from $1 million to $42 million. I don't want to burden the taxpayers with having to pay for unnecessary and costly components for the jail. My opponent voted to spend $160,000 to start the planning process for the $42 million project.

Two other issues are the unfunded county employee pension liabilities and Medicaid expansion. These will be very costly and must be addressed now.

I feel that I am the best candidate for District 8 and plan to work alongside both houses of the Legislature to create agreeable solutions in fixing these problems. I am asking for, and would appreciate your vote on Sept. 9.

Raymond Howard, Jr.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:30

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