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Forum, Sept. 8: Support for Jason Bourne

Published: 9/16/2022 6:17:19 PM
Modified: 9/16/2022 6:13:26 PM
Bourne understands his community

I am writing this letter in support of the candidacy of Jason Bourne for New Hampshire State Representative in the new Sullivan County District 7 (Cornish, Plainfield, Charlestown, Newport, and Unity). Jason will be a strong, new voice in the legislature for policies that promote public education, women’s health care and economic growth.

As a retired educator and former school board member, I am particularly concerned about the future of public schools as the lifeblood of our communities. Education funding has always been an issue in New Hampshire, with unequal resources and unfair burdens on property owners. But now our schools are under duress because of a series of laws that threaten the very foundation of a free public education. The new prohibition against teaching “divisive concepts” uses a phrase so vague as to place the burden on every curriculum director, principal and teacher to worry about what is or is not permissible to teach. And with public funding now allowed to be used at non-public institutions, schools that have struggled for years to keep budgets affordable will begin to see local funds flowing elsewhere, further stressing those efforts.

But advocacy alone is not sufficient. To ensure the vitality of a strong public education system that is available to every student in the state and that nurtures knowledge and academic discourse, we need someone who can carry this advocacy to the Legislature with strength, clarity and a mandate from the district.

I believe that Jason Bourne will be such a messenger. Having grown up and lived his life here, he understands these issues profoundly and has an enduring commitment to the health and well-being of our communities. I urge all those who will be voting in the Democratic Primary on Sept. 13 from to choose Jason to stand for election in November.

Nicole Saginor


Support for Michael Cryans

I have known Michael and Julie Cryans for 15 years, since his then 10-year-old son Connor and my son Hunter first introduced us on the Hanover Green at a New Hampshire hometown 4th of July celebration. A lot has taken place since then, but two things remain unchanged: Michael’s upright character and his commitment to the health and well-being of all of the people of this state. He is open and approachable, and genuinely interested in listening to and addressing the opinions and concerns of people from every walk of life.

Michael voted to protect women’s access to health care, lifesaving cancer screenings, family planning, and right-to-choose by voting to fund Planned Parenthood the last time he served on the Executive Council. If re-elected, he will vote to reverse the last Council’s defunding of Planned Parenthood. He will work unflinchingly to confirm only qualified individuals to our state government (especially the judiciary), support the public school system and strengthen voting rights.

Michael’s only motivation for re-election to the Executive Council is to do what is ethical and right and fair, to safeguard the public trust and improve all of our lives. He may not have the campaign chest and glossy advertisements of his competitor, but he is every bit as qualified and more. He will represent the hardworking “common” man and woman with just as much dedication and verve as the college-educated. A vote for Michael Cryans is a vote for yourself, your family and your community.

Catherine Reed


Questions for
council candidates

The Executive Branch of New Hampshire’s government is made up of the governor and the Executive Council; a form of government unique to New Hampshire.

The decisions of the Executive Council are far-reaching; as voters, we need to know how candidates will answer the following questions: “What are the values that guide your voting?”…“What is your position on key issues?”

Dianne Rochford


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