Letter: Feltes will cross the aisle
I am supporting Democrat Dan Feltes for the state Senate seat representing Concord, Warner, Hopkinton and Henniker for reasons other letter writes have listed: his commitment to protecting a woman’s right to choice, affordable housing for seniors and working families, energy efficiency and renewable energy, pay equity and access to health care for all.
There are two other reasons I’d like to highlight.
First, Dan is the only candidate in this race who already has experience working with both parties in the Legislature.
When I was a Monitor reporter assigned to cover the State House during the Bill O’Brien years (2010-2012), Dan was a Legal Assistance lawyer fighting to protect housing, consumer and employment rights for low-income folks, working families and senior citizens.
The parties were deeply divided over ideology and politics. Despite the climate, Dan worked well with both parties and listened to all viewpoints.
For example, he testified in support of Republican Sen. Jeb Bradley’s compromise approach that saved the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative program.
Second, Dan supports early childhood development, including full-day kindergarten.
I left the Monitor in February to pursue a degree in school guidance counseling. As a counselor-in-training, I believe Dan understands the importance of giving children every chance to succeed in school and life.
I would encourage you to vote for Dan Feltes in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary.