To The Daily Sun,
The mayor and City Council's response to the mistake made in the Sept. 10, 2013, Laconia Primary Election Results for Laconia Ward 5 City Council seat is to take the voters of Laconia's constitutional rights away by limiting a write-in candidate's access to having their name placed on the ballot. And take away a voters right to vote for who they want.
The Constitution of New Hampshire Article 11 Elections and Elective Franchises. "Every inhabitant of the state, having the proper qualifications, had equal right to be elected into office." Chapter 44 Cities and Wards Local Elections Section 44:14 Procedure. "In all elections of city and ward officers the person having the highest number of votes for any office shall be elected." This Charter Amendment is in conflict with the N.H. Constitution and RSA Chapter 44.
On Oct. 29 I made a Right to Know request of Laconia City Clerk Mary Reynolds asking for any correspondence with city officials relating to the following story. And a copy of any N.H. city charters that require a 35 vote minimum to get on the ballot. In The Daily Sun of Aug. 13, "City Clerk Mary Reynolds, who initiated the process to restructure the primary election, said that the proposed charter amendment has been reviewed not only by the city attorney but also by the New Hampshire Secretary of State and the Attorney General, who suggested 35 votes as the minimum. Moreover, she said that Manchester, Nashua and Concord all require write-in candidates to poll a minimum of 35 votes. Laconia is one of three of the state's 13 cities to conduct municipal primary elections. Both the other two — Manchester and Keene — follow the follow the procedure prescribed by the amendment." Mary Reynolds response on Oct. 30 was, "Your request has been received and upon review, I have no documentation to support your request." No documentation to support her statement.
I've reviewed the city charters of the those four cities and cannot find any 35 vote minimum for write-in requirement. If Nashua and Concord don't have primaries how could they have a 35 vote minimum? That is why I wanted to see the City Clerk's records to back her 35 vote statements.
Mayor Ed Engler was interviewed on Niel Young's radio show on WEZS. These are some of the statements the mayor made:
— A "write-in vote is a privilege not a right." The U.S. and New Hampshire Constitutions doesn't make a distinction between how a vote is cast.
— "It's silly and foolish to have the Laconia City Clerk run around and ask people if they want to be on the ballot." That is her job. It's neither silly or foolish, she enforcing the City Charter and New Hampshire RSAs .
— "By not having a primary the City of Laconia is going to save $10,000." What is that a penny savings per $100,000 in property taxes to take our voting rights away? And his is the best one. . .
— "People say they don't want to have happen again, when the Straight Arrows won by a plurality not a majority." In the 1989 election, four at-large City Council Straight Arrows were on the ballot and Tom Tardif won with 1,727 votes, Helen Gouin came in third with 1,403 votes and Phil Davis was fourth with 1,275 votes. And there were 10 candidates running for councilor at-large that year. That is closer to a majority of the registered voters than Laconia has ever seen. In the primary elections since 1997 the average turnout has been 7.5 percent of the registered voters. How can the mayor consider the winners of those elections won by majority of qualified electors?
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 04:26
To The Daily Sun,
State Sen. Andrew Hosmer has brought a fresh, responsible approach to the people of the 7th District.
He has worked tirelessly to promote educational opportunities which will create real jobs by providing the skills which are in short supply and which employers desperately need in order to grow their businesses, particularly in the important field of manufacturing.
Andrew is a leader in the fight against substance abuse, sponsoring round-table discussions such as the one held in Laconia this past week, designed to bring government and citizens together to find innovative ways to attack the problem.
Protection from domestic violence has been another priority. Senator Hosmer led a recent study resulting from legislation he sponsored, which recommends that discrimination against victims of domestic violence be added to the protections provided by the New Hampshire Commission on Human Rights. He needs to be re-elected in order to see this priority through.
Without creating a laundry list of accomplishments, Sen. Hosmer has been a catalyst for making New Hampshire a better and safer place to live. He deserves re-election.
Rep. David O. Huot
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:21
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Eric T. Rottenecker and I'm running for state House representative for Grafton district 9. I'm a Republican from an Republican family and I am not looking for any endorsements from the party whereas I am not the party's nominee, I do not expect the party to endorse me.
As a write-in candidate for the district, I wear the R behind my name for that is what I am. I consider myself a moderate for the reason that when it comes to social issues I part company with anyone who will use their religious beliefs to oppress another person's rights. The right to choose your orientation for marriage is a settled issue and I will not waste time, effort and taxpayer money to reverse the decisions made in the past. I'm pro-choice meaning, I'm pro-women. I've been with my wife Carol for over 30 years and we share the common belief, that we don't impose our wills upon one another. Just I wouldn't dare try it with my three sisters, or any other woman. Women have earned the right to choose, end of discussion.
I will not attack a political party on either side of the aisle when we need to work together for the good of the state and what is right for the state, wasting time on issues that don't sit well with individuals has got to stop. We need to evolve and move on.
I'm a U.S. Navy veteran, operations specialist, on my last tour of duty I was assigned to Navy Special Warfare Unit-3 under Group-1 (Navy SEALS). I had been delegated the authority of Air mobility/mobility coordinator for CENTCOM (central command, CTF-561, Middle East). My duties included ,but were not limited to, coordinating air mobility movement of Special Warfare personnel throughout CENTCOM, encompassing 30 countries from Sudan to Iraq to the Russian/China border to Pakistan to Kenya.
Within the first five months of operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom utilizing Air Force, Navy and Army elements I had moved 1,113,000 pounds of operational gear and 1,500 Navy, Army, Marines and International Special Warfare personnel. I took upon myself, the responsibilities of informing personnel forward of arrivals of men and equipment with up-to-the-minute information. I had a very close rapport with my OPS boss. I coordinated with higher pay grades, for the arrival of personnel returning back from forward positions to ensure they had proper billeting and location of operational equipment. I ensured that no movement was carried out without an OPORD (operational order) or directive so Command had no loose cannons rolling around CENTCOM — not on my watch. I had ensured that all movement had a paper trail whereas cost were incurred under operations Iraq/Enduring Freedom and other commands. I was also held accountable for the location of more 160 pieces of operational vital equipment at all times.
I carry a no-nonsense approach to this kind of responsibility. This was a 20-hour, seven-day-week for me without assistance. I met this challenge head-on and have no regrets, just pride in performance.
I would be honored to bring this same kind of team-spirited pride of representation for all of the people in Grafton District 9 to the state House in November. I will listen to all of my constituents and if you have a special issue I will work to get it resolved and have your voice heard without over-exceeding my authority.
I am proud of all of our selectboard members that I've been meeting with on a regular basis in this district. We all should be proud. All of these members, along with town administrators and secretaries, bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the tables with them for the daunting task of running our local governments. They should all be commended.
I would like to thank all of the registered voters who make it a special task to get out and vote. Please write me in for your state representative. I'm ready to take on the responsibility, using a common-sense, grass-roots approach.
Eric T. Rottenecker ( R )
Grafton Dist. 9
Alexandra, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Grafton.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:18
To The Daily Sun,
A group of concerned neighbors are getting together at the gazebo located in the park by Belknap Mill at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Nov 1. We will supply coffee & donuts .
We would like to gather & pray for Laconia and surrounding communities in the light of the recent overdoses and drug use locally. This is a group gathering to show love & support to the community as well as talk about ways to reach out to our neighbors in the future. All are welcome.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:21
To The Daily Sun,
What do Scott Brown and Frank Guinta have in common?
Scott Brown and Frank Guinta are Republican candidates that have taken large donations from people who do not live in New Hampshire. These wealthy people are trying to buy our voice in Washington. What is good for them is not necessarily good for us. Do you believe that Scott Brown and Frank Guinta will vote against the people who are making the large donations to their campaigns?
If you are a veteran, a senior citizen, a student in college or a former student trying to pay back college loans, you know that Jeanne Shaheen and Carol Shea-Porter have been working for you. They are working for the people of New Hampshire.
Programs like Social Security and Medicare are under attack by the leadership of the Republican Party. We know that Jeanne Shaheen and Carol Shea-Porter have worked to protect these programs. We know that they have tried to help veterans and students. We need to support Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter with our vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:18