To The Daily Sun,
The Lakes Region needs a state senator in District 2 who will work for the people, support the Constitution and promote the economy. Bob Giuda is that man.
Bob Giuda graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. He served as an aviation officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bob Giuda has been an international airline pilot since 1986 and will soon retire. I have three good friends who are also former military pilots and now fly as international commercial airline pilots. All of them are men who possess great judgment. This is something we are lacking in politics today.
I have worked with Bob Giuda's opponent, Brian Gallagher, and I do not agree with his decision-making. He has little or no experience working in the private sector. How can Mr. Gallagher make needed changes in government when has been employed by the government for the last 30 years?
The following are some examples of his judgment and decision making, as a first-term state representative.
As a Lakes Region small-business owner, I was shocked when Rep. Brian Gallagher stated that both New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) and Laconia Motorcycle Week promote prostitution. These activities are extremely important to our local economy and his statements were reckless. These events can make or break many small businesses. Laconia's police chief claimed that in his 22-year experience, he has never made a prostitution arrest during Bike Week. The general manager of NHMS also disputed Mr. Gallagher's unfounded statements.
Brian Gallagher was also the author of the failed nipple bill. A first offense would be a misdemeanor. A second offense would be a Class B felony. A woman convicted of this "crime" could have been sent to state prison for seven years and be required to register as a sex offender. When Rep. Gallagher's bill was being reviewed in committee, he was asked if it should apply to men. His response was, "I would have to think about it."
As your county commissioner, I worked hard with my fellow commissioners to find taxpayer savings and we ultimately amassed a $695,000 surplus. The county complex roof has failed, which includes the Belknap County Nursing Home. Nursing home residents live with the threat of a roof that could start leaking at any time. As a fiscal conservative, I recommended replacing the roof with the surplus to avoid the taxpayer paying interest on a bank loan. Rep. Gallagher lead the opposition against this action and wanted to use the entire amount (of the surplus) to reduce the budget. He prevailed and soon the county will ask the delegation to bond a new roof. The residents of Belknap County will now have to pay Wall Street unnecessary principal and interest for years to come. He takes credit for this action in his campaign website. Now elderly people, in their final stages of life, live under a failed roof only to benefit his state Senate campaign.
The clear choice for our next state senator is Bob Giuda. He is a fiscal conservative with private sector experience and a man with good judgment. Please join me in voting for Bob Giuda for State Senator District 2, on Sept. 13.
David DeVoy, Chairman
Belknap Board of Commissioners
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