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November 22, 2012

Letters to the editor

Together, we’ll build the state’s future

To the editor:

Thank you to the people of New Hampshire for the trust you have placed in me. I am truly grateful. I will work as hard as I can to serve you and to continue to earn that trust. Together, we can build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where our businesses can grow, flourish and create good jobs for our people.

I have always known that New Hampshire is a special place, with a community of people who come together to solve our common challenges. My husband, Tom, and I have experienced that first-hand while raising our son, Ben. Ben is a smart, funny Exeter High School graduate who happens to have severe physical disabilities.

Because of advocates who came before us, Ben was able to remain at home and attend public schools in Exeter, where he made friends and grew up to be the wonderful young man he is today. It was the sense of community that we felt in our home town while raising Ben and our daughter, Meg, that helped inspire me to enter public service more than a decade ago.

And it is that same sense of community and coming-together that I intend to bring with me to the Statehouse. New Hampshire faces great challenges in the coming years to ensure we are building a strong and vibrant economic future, and I know that, most of all, the people of our state expect their government to work in order to keep us moving forward.

The incoming legislature will be more evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. We should see this not as an obstacle, but as an opportunity to move beyond the partisan divide. The challenges our state faces must be met with the best solutions and ideas we can muster. Good ideas and good people reside on both sides of the aisle.

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