To The Daily Sun,
My name is Eric T. Rottenecker and I'm running for state House representative for Grafton district 9. I'm a Republican from an Republican family and I am not looking for any endorsements from the party whereas I am not the party's nominee, I do not expect the party to endorse me.
As a write-in candidate for the district, I wear the R behind my name for that is what I am. I consider myself a moderate for the reason that when it comes to social issues I part company with anyone who will use their religious beliefs to oppress another person's rights. The right to choose your orientation for marriage is a settled issue and I will not waste time, effort and taxpayer money to reverse the decisions made in the past. I'm pro-choice meaning, I'm pro-women. I've been with my wife Carol for over 30 years and we share the common belief, that we don't impose our wills upon one another. Just I wouldn't dare try it with my three sisters, or any other woman. Women have earned the right to choose, end of discussion.
I will not attack a political party on either side of the aisle when we need to work together for the good of the state and what is right for the state, wasting time on issues that don't sit well with individuals has got to stop. We need to evolve and move on.
I'm a U.S. Navy veteran, operations specialist, on my last tour of duty I was assigned to Navy Special Warfare Unit-3 under Group-1 (Navy SEALS). I had been delegated the authority of Air mobility/mobility coordinator for CENTCOM (central command, CTF-561, Middle East). My duties included ,but were not limited to, coordinating air mobility movement of Special Warfare personnel throughout CENTCOM, encompassing 30 countries from Sudan to Iraq to the Russian/China border to Pakistan to Kenya.
Within the first five months of operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom utilizing Air Force, Navy and Army elements I had moved 1,113,000 pounds of operational gear and 1,500 Navy, Army, Marines and International Special Warfare personnel. I took upon myself, the responsibilities of informing personnel forward of arrivals of men and equipment with up-to-the-minute information. I had a very close rapport with my OPS boss. I coordinated with higher pay grades, for the arrival of personnel returning back from forward positions to ensure they had proper billeting and location of operational equipment. I ensured that no movement was carried out without an OPORD (operational order) or directive so Command had no loose cannons rolling around CENTCOM — not on my watch. I had ensured that all movement had a paper trail whereas cost were incurred under operations Iraq/Enduring Freedom and other commands. I was also held accountable for the location of more 160 pieces of operational vital equipment at all times.
I carry a no-nonsense approach to this kind of responsibility. This was a 20-hour, seven-day-week for me without assistance. I met this challenge head-on and have no regrets, just pride in performance.
I would be honored to bring this same kind of team-spirited pride of representation for all of the people in Grafton District 9 to the state House in November. I will listen to all of my constituents and if you have a special issue I will work to get it resolved and have your voice heard without over-exceeding my authority.
I am proud of all of our selectboard members that I've been meeting with on a regular basis in this district. We all should be proud. All of these members, along with town administrators and secretaries, bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the tables with them for the daunting task of running our local governments. They should all be commended.
I would like to thank all of the registered voters who make it a special task to get out and vote. Please write me in for your state representative. I'm ready to take on the responsibility, using a common-sense, grass-roots approach.
Eric T. Rottenecker ( R )
Grafton Dist. 9
Alexandra, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Grafton.
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