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I'll be committed to representing every one of my constituents

To The Daily Sun,

On June 20, 2008, I very proudly took the oath of citizenship and my first act that afternoon was to register to vote. That Nov., I entered the voting booth for the first time and took advantage of the right to help choose our political leaders. And I continue to feel a sense of pride and elation every subsequent voting day. And now I would like to take the next step and have an opportunity to serve the community in which I feel so privileged to live. I am running to be the state representative for District 2, Gilford-Meredith.

As a teacher for more than 30 years I am very committed to ensuring that all students get the best and most appropriate education possible. I am also aware of the challenges that all schools face, of the many issues and problems that teachers confront daily, and of the pressures that both students and parents deal with as they navigate what seem like constantly changing demands.

As a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in abuse and neglect cases I have seen the struggles that so many families confront. And I am witness to the increase in the need for services to help our most vulnerable members of society. And as a citizen, a property-owner and a taxpayer I, too, have been affected by the down-shifting of costs from the state to the towns.

I believe that we must use public funds wisely and efficiently. But it is essential that, in our efforts to be more fiscally efficient and responsible, we do not eliminate or cut those very services that the most vulnerable of our citizens and their families need.

Our government must work for everyone. As a state representative I'll be committed to representing every one of my constituents, including and especially, those who might not have voted for me. I am equally committed to listening to and working with those who have opposing viewpoints in order to reach the most effective solutions to the challenges facing our state, our communities and our citizens.

I am asking you to vote for me, as well as Johan Anderson, Lisa DiMartino, and Nancy Frost on Nov. 8. Let's work together.

Dorothy Piquado

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Jim Gray is the man to elect to represent District 6 in the state Senate

To The Daily Sun,

Jim Gray is running for the New Hampshire Senate for District 6, which includes Alton, Barnstead, Farmington, Gilmanton, New Durham and Rochester. Jim's life has exemplified service to country and community. He is an Army Vietnam War veteran. He worked almost 30 years at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and two years with the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C.

Jim's community service has been and continues to be extensive. He served as a member both of the Rochester School Board and the Planning Board. He is a strong supporter and former board member of Bridging the Gaps, a Rochester coalition aimed at prevention and treatment of substance abuse among youth. Jim is currently a Rochester city councilor and is completing his second two year term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where he is vice chair of the House Election Law Committee and a member of the Children and Family Law Committee.

His record in the House has been outstanding. Jim is a true fiscal conservative. He has shown a strong commitment to cutting unnecessary spending and maintaining taxes as low as reasonably possible. In this area, his record reflects a thoughtful approach to spending, taking both immediate need and long-term effects into account. With both factors in mind, Jim has consistently supported the funding of both our law enforcement and service agencies in their efforts to address our current drug crisis, including enforcement, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

Recognizing that more than 70 percent of those who become inmates in our state's county jails are either suffering from a substance abuse or mental health problem or both, he voted for legislation to deliver mental health services to children. He is a strong proponent of maintaining our state's infrastructure and a supporter of initiatives designed to keep our young people in New Hampshire. In these important areas, Jim recognizes that present support is both the right thing to do and a way to save taxpayer money in the long run.

Through his actions, Jim Gray has shown himself to be a man of good judgment, conscience and compassion. He is not beholden to any special interest group; he will represent all of us. Based on his past record of service, we can be confident that he will devote his full attention to his senatorial responsibilities. In short, he will work hard for the common good. I urge you to join with me in supporting and voting for this exceptional candidate, Jim Gray, to represent us in our state Senate.

Hunter Taylor
Belknap County Commissioner, District 3

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