Letter: Allenstown needs a full-time rep
Allenstown needs a full-time state representative, and this year we have the opportunity to get that representation at the State House. In its new redistricting plan, the 2011-12 Legislature gave Allenstown one state representative in Merrimack County District 22 who will represent Allenstown only. As in the past, another representative will be chosen to represent Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield (Merrimack County District 8).
I am concerned that the Republican candidate from Allenstown seeking re-election in District 22 had a very poor attendance record for the 2011-12 legislative session. Rep. Jon Richardson was present for less than half of the roll-call votes in 2012. He missed 158 votes in only one year! With that kind of record, Richardson has not earned re-election.
Allenstown needs a full-time legislator in Concord voting in our best interest, and this November, Allenstown voters have a clear choice. Alan Turcotte is running on the Democratic ticket to represent our community. He has been a resident of Allenstown for more than 36 years, worked for the state Department of Transportation for 30 years and currently works part-time as the operator of the Allenstown Recycling Center.
On Nov. 6, I am planning to vote for Turcotte and encourage all my friends and neighbors to do the same.
(The writer is a former state representative.)