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Forum, Sept. 3: Sue Prentiss will work to build consensus

Published: 9/2/2020 10:00:09 PM
Modified: 9/2/2020 10:00:01 PM
Sue Prentiss will work to build consensus

Many people have thoughtfully come to realize that the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln bears no resemblance to the Republican Party now in power in this country. Such is the case for Sue Prentiss, whose switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party some years ago was predicated on the fact that she could no longer align herself with the Republican Party’s stance on health care, environmental protection and equal protection by law for all people. Her record in local Lebanon government proves that.

She is also a careful listener, making her an effective leader in both the health care and municipal sectors. Her long experience in health care as a direct provider of emergency medical services gives her a significant edge in how to realistically offer legislative changes to our health care laws.

Sue Prentiss will work to build consensus among Democrats and Republicans, rather than pushing a particular partisan agenda.

I urge you to vote for this experienced, hardworking leader.



Beatriz Pastor a consistent advocate for women

As a college student who began leading activism efforts as a second-year student at Lebanon High School, I am aware of the political differences posed by candidates like Beatriz Pastor and Sue Prentiss. Because I have spent my whole life in the Upper Valley, I am committed to caring for our communities. With incredible support, a small charity organization I created — It Happens Period — donated more than $5,000 worth of menstrual products to the Upper Valley Haven between 2016 and 2018. I worked for an organization this summer committed to expanding health care access for all, a person’s right to choose, and am leading an eco-friendly menstrual product initiative at the University of Rhode Island as I enter my third year there.

Beatriz Pastor, running for New Hampshire state Senate in District 5, is the only option. Her opponent, Sue Prentiss, was on the steering committee for the 2016 presidential campaign of former New York Gov. George Pataki, who made defunding Planned Parenthood one of his central campaign promises.

Pastor’s record, on the other hand, shows that she is a consistent advocate for women’s rights who can be trusted to stand up for women. Prentiss’ record simply does not show the consistency and reliability that Pastor provided in her three terms as a state representative.

Furthermore, Pastor is a leader in environmental issues and climate action, which disproportionately affect marginalized people.

We have the opportunity to vote for a healthier, more compassionate future. I proudly cast my absentee ballot and I hope you do, too. Please vote for Beatriz Pastor in Tuesday’s primary election.



Sue Prentiss is the voice we need in the NH Senate

I write to share my support of Sue Prentiss in the race for the New Hampshire state Senate seat representing District 5. I have known her for more than 15 years, initially in her role as a consultant in emergency services and later as a Lebanon city councilor and committed public servant. She brings an intelligent, thoughtful, and collaborative approach to her leadership that will serve all residents in her district, from Charlestown to Lyme.

Her real-world experience will be particularly important as New Hampshire faces the public health challenges of living, working and attending school during a pandemic. Her relationships with first responders will be critical as state and local governments respond to racial inequities in law enforcement.

As a person living with ALS, I know that she understands the health care needs facing New Hampshire residents. As former county manager and resident of Sullivan County, I know that Sue Prentiss is just the voice we need in the state Senate. If I could, I would enthusiastically vote for her. Please consider casting your vote for Sue Prentiss on Tuesday.


New London

Jenn Alford-Teaster has the drive and the expertise

I am writing to express my strong support for Jenn Alford-Teaster for the District 8 New Hampshire state Senate seat.

Alford-Teaster is a public health scientist and has the expertise to make sure our district recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. She is a tireless advocate for our rural communities, and I know that if she is elected to the Senate she will fight for all residents of District 8.

As a researcher focusing on health care access in rural communities, she knows exactly what it will take to ensure that our community gets the support it needs. She is advocating for broadband access and telemedicine expansion so that rural residents can receive the health care they need, right from their homes.

She has the drive and passion necessary to be a strong and convincing voice for us. I will be voting for her in November. Please join me and vote for Jenn Alford-Teaster.



If elected, I will support local businesses

Most people tend to ask candidates what they would do if elected, but just as important is what they wouldn’t do.

If elected state representative, I wouldn’t, as many of our local legislators recently did, pass up an opportunity to remove the threat of business tax increases that hovers over New Hampshire businesses.

Every business that gets income from business activity within the state is subject to the Business Profits Tax (BPT). The Business Enterprise Tax (BET) is a levy on the taxable enterprise value tax base of every business enterprise.

Buried in the current New Hampshire budget (House Bill 4) is a trigger: if state revenue goes up 6% or more over official estimates, these taxes will go down; if it goes down 6% or more, the taxes will go up; otherwise, they’ll stay where they are. In normal times, they’d be expected to stay where they are.

Enter the pandemic. Suddenly, revenues declined. If the 6% lower mark is hit, the BPT tax rate will go from 7.7% to 7.9% — a 2.5% increase. The BET will increase from 0.6% to 0.675% — a whopping 12.5% increase at a time when many businesses are struggling.

Revenue shortfalls may not trigger the increases, but why leave that possibility? On June 11, New Hampshire House Republicans tried to suspend the rules to allow an amendment that would get rid of this threat and freeze business taxes at their current rate. All of Sullivan County’s Democratic representatives voted not to suspend the rules. No rules suspension, no amendment. No amendment, no tax freeze.

No one expected the trials of 2020 when this budget was originally enacted. Now is the time to cut down this economic sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of the businesses that pay these taxes. The 174 New Hampshire representatives who voted against allowing discussion of an amendment didn’t let that happen.

Here’s what I would do if elected: support local businesses whenever it is in my power to do so.



The writer is a candidate to represent the Sullivan 9 district in the New Hampshire House.

Letter made regrettable, uninformed assertions

I confess to being puzzled by Tom Trunzo’s letter (“Where a candidate lives matters,” Aug. 30), complaining that what he called a “sample ballot” for the “Hanover Democratic Primary” did not identify candidates’ hometowns. He suggested this was a deliberate effort to prevent geographic diversity, and he made the regrettable assertion that Hanover candidates don’t need to work to survive. As chair of the Hanover/Lyme Town Democratic Committee, I feel compelled to respond.

In the first place, we have not sent out a sample ballot. We do this only after the primary and ahead of the general election, so I don’t know what he is referencing. Second, when we mail the sample ballot, it will be printed as received from the Secretary of State’s Office, and I don’t recall that it has ever been the practice to include any candidate’s hometown on a ballot. Finally, with perhaps the exception of two retired candidates, everyone running fully appreciates the need to earn a living, so I find his last assertion most unfortunate.

In an effort to make sure residents of both towns are informed about their choices, the Hanover/Lyme Town Democrats have posted a series of interviews with each candidate and we’ve hosted two webinars in which seven of the eight candidates have responded to questions about multiple topics. We have arranged for CATV to broadcast the webinars, shared links to them on each town’s Listserv, and sent them out to our combined mailing list. (To request access to the links, email With the help of current House candidates, we have also repeatedly set up a table on the green in Lyme and in front of Hanover Town Hall to get absentee ballot request forms in the hands of voters in those towns.

Perhaps because Tom Trunzo does not live in either Lyme or Hanover he is simply unaware of the work we are doing or the process we are following.

Both Lyme and Hanover will be well-served by the diverse group of individuals who have offered to represent us in the Statehouse in return for mileage and $100 a year.



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