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August 16, 2012

Letters to the editor

Support Kevin Smith for governor

To the editor:

I am not normally the type of person who gets involved in political campaigns, but I would be remiss if I did not speak up about this year’s race for governor. As you probably know, Gov. John Lynch is not running for re-election, and the race is wide open.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, I plan to vote for Kevin Smith for governor, and I ask you to take a look at his website (www.kevinsmithforgovernor.com) to learn more about this Londonderry native.

I went to hear Kevin Smith speak at a town hall meeting that he held in Merrimack earlier this summer, and was very impressed by his enthusiasm, his energy, and his plan to make New Hampshire a better place to live and work. I love that he has a detailed plan to bring businesses to New Hampshire, even saying that, as governor, he will cold-call Massachusetts companies to ask them how he can bring them up here.

At the town hall meeting, he told the audience: “I want to be Gov. Deval Patrick’s worst nightmare.” As someone who has commuted to Massachusetts ever since I moved to this state from the Midwest almost 24 years ago, this sentiment truly resonated with me. I would love to have the opportunity to work in this state, to cut down my commute, and to get home earlier so that I can spend more time with my family.

Speaking of family, another issue that is of importance to Kevin Smith that I agree with is how do we keep our children here in New Hampshire instead of going out of state for college and jobs? I can relate to this, as my daughter just graduated college, but did not have many job opportunities here. Alas, she moved out to Arizona to start her career. We need to be able to keep an educated work force here in New Hampshire and create a climate for our young people to want to stay here and raise a family.

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