May 2 - Should I Run?

Friends,

I'll cut to the chase: I'd like to run for re-election to New Hampshire's Executive Council.

But I didn't do it alone last time -- and I can't do it alone this time.  So, I'm asking for your input and for a concrete sign of your support before I finalize my plans this month.

If you support my re-election, I hope you will make a contribution today to let me know. Even $5 makes a difference.

Below are some of the accomplishments we've had on the Executive Council, due to your past support.  Take a few minutes to consider whether this progress is important to you - and if so, please make a financial investment in our future by contributing today.

1. RESTORING PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND PASSENGER RAIL
Prior to my election in 2012, the NH Executive Council's extreme ideology was doing real damage to our state - and two votes in particular stood out.  The Council killed a study of how to bring passenger rail from Boston to central NH, and they defunded birth control and cancer screenings for NH women and families at all six Planned Paat Planned Parenthood centers has been restored. Invest in this progress today.
Friends,


I'll cut to the chase: I'd like to run for re-election to New Hampshire's Executive Council.

But I didn't do it alone last time -- and I can't do it alone this time.  So, I'm asking for your input and for a concrete sign of your support before I finalize my plans this month.

If you support my re-election, I hope you will make a contribution today to let me know. Even $5 makes a difference.

Below are some of the accomplishments we've had on the Executive Council, due to your past support.  Take a few minutes to consider whether this progress is important to you - and if so, please make a financial investment in our future by contributing today.

1. RESTORING PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND PASSENGER RAIL
Prior to my election in 2012, the NH Executive Council's extreme ideology was doing real damage to our state - and two votes in particular stood out.  The Council killed a study of how to bring passenger rail from Boston to central NH, and they defunded birth control and cancer screenings for NH women and families at all six Planned Pa

2. HELPING NH BUSINESSES GROW JOBS
The new (sustainably designed) I-93 Welcome Centers in Hooksett will create 147 jobs and champion New Hampshire tourism and business development for millions of annual visitors.  Low-cost, state-backed financing is enabling plant expansions at Freudenberg NOK in Northfield and Warwick Mills in Keene.  Every day, I am on the lookout for ways like these to bring more new jobs, new people, and new businesses to our state.  The Council can't take credit for our state's low 4.5% unemployment rate (vs 6.7% nationally) but I'm proud to contribute to an Administration that has our state on the right economic track. Invest in this progress today.

3. SECURING MEDICAID EXPANSION (BY ONE VOTE)
It look months of negotiation and bipartisan co-operation between Governor Hassan and legislative leaders to pass a law expanding health care coverage to more than 50,000 of our fellow citizens, and reclaiming $2.5 billion of our tax dollars from Washington, DC.  But it was a single, 3-2 vote on the Council that executed it.  One vote makes a tremendous difference. Invest in this progress today.

4. BRINGING THE COUNCIL INTO THE 21ST CENTURY
I'm proud to be the first Councilor ever to go 'paperless' - and last month the entire Council joined me in adopting electronic Council packets for the first time in 300+ years, saving roughly 25,000 printed pages every meeting.  To expand public transparency, I share the exact documentation that Councilors receive with the public by web, twitter, and facebook before every meeting, and write an email report after each that goes to more than 1,000 NH citizens. Invest in this progress today.

5. WATCHING OUT FOR TAXPAYERS WITH AN INDEPENDENT EYE
The Executive Council is often the last chance to flag a questionable state contract or plan and propose a more responsible approach. That's what I did last summer when I stopped the State Education Department from hiring one of its own departing employees as a (much better-paid) consultant. And at a field hearing I hosted in Keene this Fall, I was thrilled when local officials helped state Transportation Department staff find a design for a local footbridge that would save the state over $2 million.  Every dollar is precious, and I know that requires an independent internal compass that always puts what's best for New Hampshire citizens first. Invest in this progress today.

6. STANDING UP FOR EVERY CORNER OF MY DISTRICT
The century-old Hinsdale Bridge is back in the ten-year state transportation plan; the Sewell's Falls Bridge in Concord will be replaced next year; and we're a step closer to building an Exit 10 on the Spaulding Turnpike. I helped social service agencies from Strafford and Belknap Counties raise questions about a new state funding formula, and helped bring key appointments to Governor Hassan from Durham to Keene.  In one week in September, the late Councilor Ray Burton and I chaired a field hearing together on the Vermont border one day (in Charlestown) and helped win a federal grant to upgrade freight rail lines on the Maine border the next (from Rochester to Ossipee).  It's the most diverse district in the state, and I love it. Invest in this progress today.

That's just a start. I believe we are building a stronger New Hampshire together, and there is more work to do.  If the progress we've made above is the direction that you want to see more of, I'm ready to keep serving - but I need your help.

Please consider investing in this progress by sending a donation today. 

I know we can do this, together.  And now is when I need your help.

Sincerely,


PS - When I first ran for office two years ago, I did it with support from over 1,000 contributors.  That's what it will take again - so, whether you can afford $5, $5,000, or anywhere in between, please give today!



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