To The Daily Sun,
As we move toward the general election, I would like to take this opportunity to respectfully ask the citizens of Gilford and Meredith to once again give me the honor and privilege to represent you in Concord.
I decided to run two years ago because of the political climate and polarization in Concord. I wanted to put people first and make positive changes for New Hampshire and our future. Although there is much work to be done, I believe we have moved in the right direction with some positive bipartisan legislation, passing a responsible, balanced budget, investing in education and infrastructure, and expanding health care opportunities, to include mental health services for our citizens.
The past two years have been rewarding and challenging, and I have worked hard and committed myself full-time as your representative. I serve as a member and clerk of the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee, as well as the Long Term Care Committee and Suicide Prevention Council. I also serve on several statewide boards, including the Medical Care Advisory Committee, the Governor's Commission on Disability, the N.H. Caregivers Coalition, and as a member of the Disability Rights Center Board of Directors.
Over the past two years, I reviewed and studied a broad range of issues affecting our state and worked on bills dealing with the growing problem with the synthetic drug "spice", veterans' issues, public safety problems and public health concerns. I also support the N.H. Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), which provided grants for projects in both Meredith and Gilford, as well as other towns in Belknap County.
I support and promote local businesses, and the Innovate N.H. Jobs Plan which focuses on workforce development, support for innovative businesses, building a diverse, modern energy future, and promoting innovation, efficiency and fiscal responsibility in state government. I also supported maintaining and developing our infrastructure, to include our roads and bridges, which is key to attracting new business and tourism to our state.
On the county level, we must all move forward with a better working relationship and tackle the looming jail issue. I have attended the jail information and planning meetings, toured the facility and reviewed the studies. It is obvious that we have serious problems that need to be remedied ASAP. We need to take a comprehensive approach and ensure that safety and security standards and protocols for correctional facility construction and programs are met, while keeping costs at an affordable level. Like many, I was never on board with a $42 million price tag, and was confident that the cost could be reduced. Also, I'm open to all options for the jail that are proven to be viable and that will meet all of our objectives. We all need to come together to get this done right.
Over the next several weeks leading up to the elections, I will be knocking on doors, attending meetings and engaging in discussions about issues facing New Hampshire. Most importantly, I will be listening to your concerns and what issues are important to you and your family. Also, you can be assured that I will continue to be available to help with problems or issues, provide opportunities and be your advocate.
I know you have many choices on Nov. 4 and respectfully ask once again for your support and vote. It is important that you have a committed and sensible representative that puts people first before politics and ideology. If afforded the opportunity, I will continue to work tirelessly and passionately on your behalf. You deserve no less.
Thank you for your consideration.
For more information, assistance, or if you would like to support my re-election, please visit www.lisadimartino4rep.com
N.H. State Representative
Belknap County Dist. 2, Gilford and Meredith