To The Daily Sun,
I am seeking the state Senate seat in District 2 to follow in the important Republican shoes of Sen. Jeanie Forrester. Jeanie is a proven effective leader who is running for governor. Candidly, I am a true conservative. As a leader I am compassionate, and an excellent listener: qualities critical to building consensus.
The centerpiece for my campaign has been reaching out and listening to all of the voters throughout the 27 towns which comprise Senate District 2. I have traveled throughout the district repeatedly, since the early spring, and met hundreds of voters face to face. Through my conversations voters have gotten to know me and are able to recognize my qualifications and abilities to serve them in a consistent manner in Concord with similar constituent traditions Senator Forrester has established for the good of the people.
My vision for a promising New Hampshire future includes:
— A balanced financial plan with responsible spending supported by realistic revenue projections.
— Promoting excellence in education with local control and parental choice.
— Protecting Second Amendment rights and expanding personal liberties by reducing government overreach.
— Term limits for government officials which will bring hard work, accountability and dependability to our political environment.
As a Belknap County State Representative I have worked tirelessly to:
— Return $600,000 to county taxpayers by holding the line on spending.
— Work in Concord to help take on the heroin/opioid crisis.
— Support law enforcement and fought human trafficking issues.
— Help grow jobs by supporting cutting business taxes.
— Stand strongly for right to life.
— Help pass a responsible New Hampshire budget with no new increased taxes.
— Support education choice and parental rights.
— Support protections for private landowners' rights.
Presently serving as state representative from Belknap County representing District 4; I live in Sanbornton with my wife, Karen and her 93-year-old Mom in the house I built in 1986. Together, we have been blessed with five children and seven grandchildren. During the 2015-2016 legislative session I was appointed by the House speaker to serve on the important House Ways & Means Revenue Committee.
I grew up in Rhode Island in a strong Catholic family. My mom worked as a principal's secretary at an elementary school for 20 years while my dad supported the family of three boys by selling life insurance. Dad also served in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. I am a former marathon runner having participated and finished races in Boston, New York City and Cape Cod.
I graduated from Boston College earning a bachelor's degree, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Plymouth State University.
My professional career experiences include over 30 years in finance including work in the New Hampshire Budget/Finance Office in Concord where I served for 12 years helping to manage state finances under many governors (both Republican and Democratic) beginning with the Honorable Gov. Meldrim Thomson.
Later I served in the New Hampshire Supreme Court at the Administrative Office for eight years. Following this, I was appointed as first business manager for the Newfound School District in Bristol. Subsequently, I accepted appointments as the business administrator for both the Windham/Pelham school districts.
After more than 30 years of a successful career in public finance I retired while continuing with limited educational consultation in New Hampshire. As a community leader I know how to steward the public tax dollar. I've served on many local town and school organizations and I am a member of the State Lilac and Wildflower Commission. This year I was recognized for conservative achievement credentials by the American Conservative Union.
There continue to be many challenges in Concord, Ffghting against a sales and income tax and stopping government economic waste being just two. Together, we can provide common sense and accountability to the Statehouse while managing wisely with understanding and compassion to address financial needs of the people of New Hampshire.
I humbly ask for your support and vote for me for state Senate District 2 on Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the Republican Primary.
Rep. Brian Gallagher
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