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Letter: For a prosperous Penacook

About a month ago I announced my candidacy to run for state representative in Penacook.

I have already knocked on 250 doors to hear what the people would like to see pursued. So far, I’ve learned that Penacook residents are sick of being treated like second-class citizens to Concord and they are sick of paying higher taxes then Concord.

My opponent has voted many times to help increase the taxes within Penacook. These bills include: HB185, to increase taxes on home heating oil, and HB136, to increase pay for politicians attending county conventions. State representatives attend state conventions to represent their constituents; the citizens of Penacook would not need to pay me for this.

Conventions are already part of the job description for representatives. I understand that Penacook residents work hard for what they earn and oil prices are already very expensive without tax increases. I promise to never vote to increase the cost of heating oil.

Some residents of Penacook obtain heating oil from Fred Fuller, a company that has failed to keep contracts with customers. Instead of worrying about my salary at state conventions, I would stand up for those residents who have already paid for heating oil they did not receive. Idling by is not an option.

BEN TASKER

Penacook

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