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DiMartino will serve our children's needs with thoughtfulness & care

To The Daily Sun,

I'm writing to express my enthusiastic support of Lisa DiMartino for New Hampshire State Representative.

For years, Lisa DiMartino and I stood together as devoted mothers of students who attended Gilford public schools, and I watched with a sense of awe as she reached beyond her parental role into the realm of politics to serve our community with reason and compassion. As a writer, I'm inspired by words and I take note of meaningful quotations. When I think about Lisa DiMartino's role in our community, certain well-known quotations come to mind: "There, but for the grace of God, go I."

In my youth, when faced with those who were struggling under the weight of life's hardships, my mother often reminded me of this. The spirit of John Bradford's words embodies what most impresses me about Lisa DiMartino. Her dedication to the vulnerable — those devastated by the opioid crisis, children dependent upon our choices to receive suitable education and necessary community services, the elderly and disabled who require our care to experience a decent quality of life — is why we need Lisa to be an advocate in our community.

In her previous experience as a state representative, Lisa DiMartino demonstrated her commitment through her role as clerk of the Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee. In addition, Lisa currently serves on numerous committees as a disability and health-care rights advocate.

As you mull over the candidates in the race for New Hampshire state representative, I urge you to consider a meaningful sentiment declared by religious leaders, politicians, and authors, alike: "A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its most vulnerable members." I am confident that Lisa DiMartino, who is dependable, persistent, and empathetic, will pay attention to the needs of the vulnerable in Gilford and Meredith while remaining attentive to budget restraints.

And finally, consider the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child." The entire community is necessary to raise our children, and because parents and individuals cannot possibly take on every role, it's important that we support candidates like Lisa DiMartino who will serve our children's needs with thoughtfulness and care.

I'm thankful that Lisa DiMartino is part of my village, and I plan to vote for her for New Hampshire State Representative on Nov. 8.

Kristen Remick
Gilfiord

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I will aim at the red tape standing in the way of new businesses

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Ryan Smith and I am a candidate for state representative in Northfield and Franklin Ward 3. I'm running to bring attention to an issue that I have a particular interest in, protecting New Hampshire's future.

Unfortunately, too many of our friends and neighbors, especially young families, are leaving the state. The economic opportunities our parents and grandparents enjoyed are slipping away. This state leads the nation in highest cost of child care, and features costly health care and higher education. Something must be done to reverse the exodus of young people. I believe that I can help us change course, by bringing some youthful insight to Concord; I know first hand which policies can and will create a business and family friendly environment

In the House I will focus on reforming our education system, cutting the bureaucracy and red tape that stand in the way of starting new businesses, and confronting head-on the substance abuse and mental health services crises. In short, I want to help ensure that the next generation of Granite Staters has the opportunity to live, work, and thrive.

On Nov. 8 I would be honored if you would vote for me for state rep. These are not just campaign issues to me. At 20 years young this is my future, and you can trust I will work tirelessly to make sure our community is still here when I start a family.

Ryan Smith

Candidate for State Rep in Northfield and Franklin Ward 3

Northfield

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