The people of Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner deserve a senator who is a passionate voice for positive change – a senator who will stand up for his neighbors, advocate for a fair economy and work to find creative solutions for our local needs. I am confident that I can be that senator, and I am asking for your support.
For the past eight years, my job has been to stand up for low-income and elderly people and families. As a legal aid lawyer, and the director of the Housing Justice Project, I went to court, administrative agencies and to the Legislature to make sure veterans, seniors, working families and people with disabilities got a fair deal. It was a privilege to advocate for my clients and to work for positive change in the community.
I believe the foundations of a fair economy include full-day kindergarten, flexible family leave and affordable college tuition. New Hampshire needs to attract and keep young people and young families in our state and in our economy with policies that promote affordable housing, quality education, an energy-efficient economy and innovative new jobs – and we need to protect our rights with fair consumer protections, especially for our seniors. We must work to fulfill the fundamental obligations we’ve made to our people without continuing to shift responsibility to overburdened local governments.
Over the years, I’ve tackled a wide array of issues, from affordable housing and homelessness, to energy and the environment, to consumer and worker rights. My clients were young families, seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, victims of domestic violence – all facing different challenges but having poverty or hardship in common. In these eight years of experience, including working with legislators from both parties, I saw the impact that policy has on real people’s lives. Helping them gave me a window into the struggles of people fighting to support themselves and their families.
My wife, Erin, and I both grew up in working class families in Iowa. Erin is also an attorney and served as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C. We live in the South End of Concord with our two dogs, Franklin and Roosevelt (aka “Rosie”). Erin and I made the tough decision to run because we want to make sure that the types of opportunities that made a difference in our lives are in place for the next generation. When it comes to improving the future of our state for all its residents, I’m not afraid to make tough decisions.
On this path to a better future for New Hampshire, we can’t afford to leave anyone behind. Like every New Hampshire resident, the people I’ve worked with over the last eight years didn’t want much – they just wanted to be heard and to have a chance at success. As your state senator, I will work tirelessly every day to give everyone the chance they deserve.
I look forward to a vigorous issues-based campaign over the next several weeks, one modeled after Gov. Maggie Hassan’s honest and genuine approach to public discourse. I am going to work hard over the summer to earn your vote. The primary election is Sept. 9 – please mark your calendars.
Please check out our website (www.danfeltesnh.com) or Facebook page for more information and follow me on Twitter @danfeltesnh. I look forward to seeing you soon!
(Dan Feltes lives in Concord.)