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Letter: Boutin is a true leader

I write to support the re-election of David Boutin to the state Senate in the upcoming Republican primary on Sept. 9.

He has served this district very well and has earned another term. As the former president and CEO of Elliot Hospital, I worked with Boutin on matters important to the health and safety issues facing our community.

One example of Boutin’s leadership was his effort to open new mental health beds at the State Hospital. Within hours of hearing about the concerns of violence in Elliot’s Emergency Department, Boutin arranged meetings with state leaders and worked to alleviate the pressure on the Elliot Emergency Department.

Expediting the opening of new beds helped not only Elliot, but other hospitals as well and, more importantly, those patients in our community struggling with mental illness.

The work to improve the state’s mental health system is not finished. It is important that we have responsible and responsive elected leaders like Boutin.

I respectfully urge the voters of District 16 to vote for Sen. David Boutin.

DOUG DEAN

Manchester

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