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I'm one of 5 Laconia Democrats in running for 4 spots on Nov. ballot

To The Daily Sun,

The New Hampshire state primary is next Tuesday, Sept. 13. Democrats in Laconia have a primary because the city has a single legislative district, Belknap, District 3. That district has four seats in the N.H. House of Representatives, and there are five candidates running for those four positions. I am one of those five and would appreciate your vote. Laconia also is part of a "floterial" district that serves both the City of Laconia and the Town of Belmont. There is no primary for that seat.

In a recent letter to the editor, I said that if you vote in the primary of one of the parties, you become registered on the voter checklist as a member of that party. If you are undeclared and take, say, a Democratic ballot, and want to return to undeclared status you may do so right there at the polling place right after you vote. In my earlier letter I said this also applies to people registered as a member of the opposing party. This was incorrect and I want to clear that up. If, as a registered Republican, you vote in the Democratic primary and want to return to status as a registered Republican, you have to do so at city hall on any day after the primary.

One thing I neglected to say is that if you're not registered and want to vote in next Tuesday's primary, you can do so at your polling place on primary day.

Lastly, the voter turnout at primaries is historically awful. Local elections really matter and your vote is critical to making the people who represent you know that you care. Please make the effort to vote in next Tuesday, primary

David Huot
Democratic Candidate

for House of Representatives
Laconia

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I was astonished to learn that Smolin's total debt was $4.8 million

To The Daily Sun,

I am a citizen of Belknap County who is concerned about who has the power to make decisions on how our tax dollars are spent.

Although I am now retired, when I practiced law in Massachusetts I represented a number of clients in bankruptcy actions. The claims of Jonathan Smolin, who is running for Belknap County Commissioner to be an "everyday" person driven to bankruptcy by family health problems aroused my curiosity, so I looked into the available public records concerning his bankruptcy filings. My focus was on the 2011 proceeding, as the 2008 and 2013 proceedings
were both dismissed.

Expecting to see debts similar to those of my former clients, in the area of $200,000 to $300,000, I was astonished to learn that Smolin's total debt was $4,857,926. That figure included $2,869,578 in secured claims (but the great bulk of that amount, $2,642,878, consisted of an unsecured portion), $1,850,348 in unsecured non-priority claims and $138,000 in unsecured priority claims. Amassing close to $5 million in debt does not fit my definition of an "everyday" person.

My next surprise concerned some of the specific debts listed. The highest single amount of unsecured debt was $740,000 for a luxury motor coach. That figure represents not the total cost of the coach, which was $1.5 million, but rather the amount still owed on it. In addition, Smolin listed $631,991 in debt for other vehicle deficiency amounts (once again, not the total cost of the vehicles, but rather the amount still owed on them). Another $50,000 was money owed on a tractor and related equipment. Smolin owed another $27,000 to the law firm that represented him in a case in Maine that resulted in a $210,000 judgment against him for allegedly swindling his wife's dying grandfather. Jonathan Smolin an "everyday person" with "everyday problems"? Not in my book.

Reading through Mr. Smolin's court documents is difficult, as they are numerous and complicated. I did not see in the list of debts any significant amounts for medical treatment of anyone. What I did see in the document review generated endless questions in my mind, such as what Smolin was doing acquiring a string of luxury vehicles over the years? These questions may never be answered, but a picture emerged of a fascinating and manipulative man who skillfully used the bankruptcy courts, not to restructure his debts, but rather to evade them. Over 125 creditors, some with multiple claims, were left holding the bag.

I ask fellow citizens is this a person you want managing how your hard-earned dollars are spent?

Daniel M. Tremblay, Esq., Retired

Alton

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