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Letter: Vote Chase, Alton and Gilmanton

We are writing to support Deb Chase for state representative in Belknap County District 5 (Alton and Gilmanton).

We will be electing two representatives from the district. Chase is a retired teacher who wants to bring reason to Concord. She wants to work on improving our economy, supporting public education, protecting health-care programs and preserving personal choice. She believes in working with members of both parties toward practical solutions to problems. She will resist the divisive issues the extreme right promoted over the last two years under the leadership of Speaker Bill O'Brien.

Chase's opponents, Steve Holmes and Dick Burchell, will continue the same nonsense that plagued the New Hampshire House in the last session. They are both extremely conservative. Holmes talks about being in favor of small government, fiscal responsibility, pro-family and pro-life - that's code for more cuts to government which will impair needed services, restrictions on abortion and repeal of gay marriage. He wants to take us backward. Burchell says he's the anointed successor of Dave Russell, which means, based on Russell's record, cutting health services, de-funding Planned Parenthood, prohibiting New Hampshire from participating in federal health-care initiatives, banning abortions even when a woman's health is in jeopardy, funding private and religious school vouchers with tax dollars, repealing kindergarten, limiting voters access to the polls, and even favoring the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations.

Let's be more careful this time about whom we elect. Chase is moderate and practical - she doesn't have a radical agenda like her opponents do. Please vote for her on Nov. 6.

NATE AND BETTY ANN ABBOTT

Gilmanton Iron Works

(This letter was also signed by Ella Jo Regan, Mary Alice McCulloch, Brenda Sens, Nancy Farr and Meg Hempel, all of Gilmanton.)

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