To The Daily Sun,
There are 536 residents of Grafton County’s 9th district who rely on the New Hampshire Medicaid expansion for their health. There are several schools in the Squam, Newfound, and Mascoma regions full of kids who need a strong public school system because it’s the only option they and their families have. There are countless families in our district whose lives are either directly in the line of, or whose lives would be severely and negatively impacted by the disaster that is Northern Pass. A New Hampshire economy based largely on recreation and tourism will soon hit a wall when that model no longer is sustainable without a large investment in trade schools and job programs. These are the issues that will define the September 5 special election in Grafton County’s 9th district. They are the issues that really matter to the residents of this district who, for too long, have sent the same old license plate hunters to Concord to have them skip votes and not put their nose to the grindstone. We have an opportunity to finally move past this trend, and those are the ground on which I, Joshua Adjutant, am asking for your support as a candidate in this election.
I’ve lived in the Newfound community my whole life, aside from service in the Marine Corps, and I was fortunate to grow up in such a wonderful community of hardworking people. In the last year, I’ve spent countless hours talking to residents who’ve expressed more than anything else, an unprecedented level of frustration with the way politics, even in New Hampshire, operates. This past session was the first in nearly 100 years where the N.H. House couldn’t pass a budget resolution, one of the most basic components of governance. Meanwhile, the Senate Budget gave 220 million dollars to the top 3 percent of Granite Staters, money that should have gone to the middle class via the tax break we get promised every 2-4 years.
This election is crucial, because it's a fundamental decision on the way we want to approach governance. Programs like Medicaid are a non-partisan issue. I’ve met everyone from the most liberal Democrat to the most Conservative Trump supporters who know without that program they’d be devastated, and I’m the only candidate in this race that would vote to keep Medicaid. The same spectrum applies to education, in the sense that Democrats and Republicans in the Newfound community all have children that rely on a strong public school system to give their kids opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have, and I am the strongest candidate in this race for strong and accountable public schools.
On September 5, let’s vote for issues, let’s vote for the opportunities of tomorrow, and vote for someone who will stand up for all of us.
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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