To The Daily Sun,
Jim Gray is running for the New Hampshire Senate for District 6, which includes Alton, Barnstead, Farmington, Gilmanton, New Durham and Rochester. Jim's life has exemplified service to country and community. He is an Army Vietnam War veteran. He worked almost 30 years at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and two years with the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C.
Jim's community service has been and continues to be extensive. He served as a member both of the Rochester School Board and the Planning Board. He is a strong supporter and former board member of Bridging the Gaps, a Rochester coalition aimed at prevention and treatment of substance abuse among youth. Jim is currently a Rochester city councilor and is completing his second two year term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where he is vice chair of the House Election Law Committee and a member of the Children and Family Law Committee.
His record in the House has been outstanding. Jim is a true fiscal conservative. He has shown a strong commitment to cutting unnecessary spending and maintaining taxes as low as reasonably possible. In this area, his record reflects a thoughtful approach to spending, taking both immediate need and long-term effects into account. With both factors in mind, Jim has consistently supported the funding of both our law enforcement and service agencies in their efforts to address our current drug crisis, including enforcement, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
Recognizing that more than 70 percent of those who become inmates in our state's county jails are either suffering from a substance abuse or mental health problem or both, he voted for legislation to deliver mental health services to children. He is a strong proponent of maintaining our state's infrastructure and a supporter of initiatives designed to keep our young people in New Hampshire. In these important areas, Jim recognizes that present support is both the right thing to do and a way to save taxpayer money in the long run.
Through his actions, Jim Gray has shown himself to be a man of good judgment, conscience and compassion. He is not beholden to any special interest group; he will represent all of us. Based on his past record of service, we can be confident that he will devote his full attention to his senatorial responsibilities. In short, he will work hard for the common good. I urge you to join with me in supporting and voting for this exceptional candidate, Jim Gray, to represent us in our state Senate.
Belknap County Commissioner, District 3