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I'm well qualified to serve as your Sanbornton/Tilton representative

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Richard Brothers and I am running to represent Tilton and Sanbornton at the N.H. House of Representatives.

I lived in Tilton for 9 years prior to moving to Sanbornton last year. My wife and I have two children, our son Joshua graduated from Winnisquam Regional High School in 2006 and our daughter Sara attended Sanbornton Central and is now a junior at Winnisquam Regional. My wife Rebecca is a nurse at the Veteran's Home in Tilton. We have deep roots and strong ties to the community and it is my strong desire to see that our communities are best represented both in Concord and at the Belknap County Convention.

I am well-qualified to serve as your representative. Prior to moving to Tilton, I served as a state representative in the North Country. I served on the Thornton School Board, I am a founding member of the board of directors of the Franklin Career Academy (N.H.'s first charter school), a founding member of the board of directors of the Laurent Clerc Academy (school for the deaf and hard of hearing), and I served on the Board of Trustees of the N.H. Community College System.

I served on Governor Craig Benson's staff as his health care policy advisor, and helped bring two health insurance providers into New Hampshire. I served as the chairman of the governor's task force on Employment & Economic Opportunity for people with disabilities.
I served as commissioner of the N.H. Department of Employment Security from 2004-2009. I was on the board of directors of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. While on the board of directors, I served as chairman of the National Veterans' Affairs Committee. I am a veteran of the Marine Corps.

I am a registered nurse and have worked in the emergency departments at LRGHealthcare in both Laconia and Franklin. I am a nationally registered EMT and have been involved in EMS over the years. I served on the N.H. State Board of Nursing.

I have started and owned several small businesses in New Hampshire over the past 20 years. I am deeply committed to our state and our communities, and I have a long and consistent track record of bringing people together to solve problems in both the public and private sectors.

I would ask my neighbors and friends in Tilton and Sanbornton to cast their vote for Richard Brothers for State Representative on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014!

Richard Brothers


Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 11:18

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State Senator Jeanie Forrester supports our veteran community

To The Daily Sun,

We in the veteran community want to state our appreciation for state Sen. Jeanie Forrester's support on behalf of the continuation of the POW/MIA awareness here in Meredith, as well as her effort on behalf of the veteran community and their families from around the state. Many may not know that she has sponsored or co-sponsored many veteran-related bills that have come before the Senate over the past years and is often the first to support a veteran-related cause. It doesn't matter what party or veteran organization a veteran may belong to, Sen. Forrester supports the issue and veteran community and for that we are all thankful.

We wish her continued success.

Bob Jones


Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 11:14

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We need to focus on retention of our dedicated county employees

To The Daily Sun,

It is a privilege to introduce myself, share why I hope to represent Meredith and Gilford in Concord, and principles fundamental to my decision making.

A Meredith native, I received excellent public schooling from Lang Street and Humiston Schools, the vocational agricultural program at Laconia High School and the University of New Hampshire. Further study led to advanced degrees and research work, including a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California and research work at the University of Washington.

Hodsdon family farming roots are more than two centuries old. I am proud to still farm and conserve land for agriculture and forestry in Gilford and Meredith. On the Daniel Webster Highway, Picnic Rock is an innovative partnership that saved rural heritage and an entry vista to Meredith for all future generations. Besides those 120 acres, I also own and farm 40 acres in Gilford.

It has been a special honor and volunteer commitment to serve on the Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) for some 30 years. In roles as supervisor and chairman, I have gained perspective working collaboratively with local, regional, state and federal agencies, staffs, elected officials and citizens.

Experience and education in agriculture, the environment and science will be an asset to the state Legislature, with significant impact to Lakes Region communities. As a Belknap County delegation member I will work to pass a responsible budget that wisely applies taxpayer dollars. I support reasonable prison modification now, based on a cost-effective plan for its usefulness. Kicking this issue too far down the road could be more costly, however, the plan proposed by consultants is far too expensive.

Most county and state employees are dedicated, skilled and hard-working. Over the long term, we will save more money focused on retention, rather than hiring inexperienced staff for positions with critical community health and safety implications.

In short, I believe in a common sense approach to government. Civil, considerate and informed discussion should be the order of the day. Please consider my candidacy on Tuesday's Republican ballot for State Representative, District 2, serving Gilford, Meredith and Belknap County.

John Hodsdon


Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 11:09

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Elect me & you will have a representative who tells it like it is

To The Daily Sun,

In a recent letter to the editor by my opponent for the Belknap County District 8 State Representative (Alton, Gilmanton, Barnstead) race, he wrote, "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 liabil¬≠ities and Medicaid ex¬≠pansion."

I was honored to be a member of the Belknap County Delegation from 2008-2012. In 2009 I voted to spend $160,000 to start the jail-planning process. However, it was not "for the 42 million dollar project." It was to spend $160,000 to determine what needed to be done to address the problems with the current jail. The delegation voted in favor of this $160,000 plan. No one knew what the resulting recommendation would be. And, as I've been quoted previously, I am not in favor of building a $42 million "Taj Mahal."

Regarding the unfunded county employee pension liabilities, I supported addressing that problem when I was a member of the delegation. And, finally, while I was in the Legislature, I voted consistently against Obamacare (Medicaid expansion wasn't even a topic of conversation back then).

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, I ask for your vote so that you'll have a representative who tells it like it is, and whom you can trust to represent you.

Elaine Swinford

Candidate for State Representative Belknap District 8 (Alton, Gilmanton, Barnstead)


Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 11:05

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We are the people paying the county's bills at the end of the day

To The Daily Sun,

Thank you to Colette Worsman for keeping the county honest. To play around with lines items in the way that the commissioners have could be interpreted as fraud and embezzlement in a private company. It's good to know that there are some people in politics who still have the interests of the honest and hard-working citizens of the private sector.

We are the people who are paying these bills at the end of the day. We (honest taxpayers) don't shirk our responsibilities to our county, state, and country and we should accept no less from our public officials who are entrusted with this great responsibility of the ability to tax. I am glad to see that the commission is being held accountable to the high standards of integrity that are a prerequisite for this position.

Having to be led down that path at a high cost of time and resources says a lot as to where we are presently at in our governments. I think that the decision by Judge O'Neill is fair and should be final. It is insulting to the taxpayers for the commission to continue to state that we are not understanding the ramifications of this decision. We understand perfectly clear. The ramifications are that you will have to step up and do the hard work now to make a budget that works and is fair for all.

Let's assume that the county is somehow given this $35 million to $42 million project to rebuild the "system"of corrections. That price tag is ridiculous. Will this be their blank check? Take a little here, move a little there. Who's gonna care ... right? "Little high, let's go buy-little low, get some more taxpayer dough.. No thank you.

We are taxed in order to compensate qualified people to perform their jobs. These people are provided with time and resources to create fair solutions for the masses. Not everyone will, or should, always get exactly what they want. Fairness to all is the best we can hope for. I'm glad that Colette is advocating for the taxpayers and keeping it fair and transparent. That is all that we ask for. A little Yankee ingenuity and frugality wouldn't hurt either.

Andrew J. Weeks


Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 10:59

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