Letter: Feltes offers diversity
Merriam-Webster defines diversity as the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas. I believe in diversity. I think it brings folks closer together.
With competence, character and diversity in mind, I am supporting Dan Feltes for state Senate District 15.
He would bring a unique perspective and experience to the small elite club we call the state Senate. How can a blond, blue-eyed lawyer born in Iowa be a reflection of diversity? Because this one has spent nearly a decade working for New Hampshire Legal Assistance, serving the interests and legal concerns of low-income folks.
Dan’s decision to run in 2014 brings me back to 1984 when Shirley Chisholm (the first black congresswoman) came to speak at a poverty conference in Concord.
Chisholm was riveting, but it was these words that changed my life: If you are frustrated with a system that does not comprehend the challenges of your clients and more often than not crafts laws that either build impediments to change or fails to understands the need for critical investments, you need to be at the table where they write those laws. That was the year I decided to run for the New Hampshire Legislature.
By sending Dan Feltes to the state Senate, we double up on our legislative good fortune because his experience brings a wider perspective and a voice that represents all of us.