Letter: Vote Burns for state rep

Published: 9/15/2020 12:01:11 AM

My name is Scott Burns, and I am running for state representative for Merrimack District 2, Franklin Wards 1 and 2, and the town of Hill.

One thing we need is civility. When I was a legislative assistant for a state senator in Virginia, I learn civility. I had to shake the hands of Republicans. I had to listen and understand where they were coming from to work with them. We may disagree, but we need to understand each other’s experiences to solve a problem.

I remember Bob Marshall, who was a very, very conservative delegate for Virginia. He did not want stem cell research, period. I remember being in late sessions and in committee of conference at the end of the session discussing why we should not have stem cell research. I am glad someone finally came to the office and wanted my senator to support a bill to have stem cell research. We took out the embryo research. They agreed. This is how it should be.

Our Founding Fathers knew people thrive on conflict. We need to make this an asset, not a waste. I hope to continue this when I get elected. I hope we can find ways to fund education, better health care for all, affordable housing, paid family leave and sick leave, and providing more access to broadband, all by listening to each other’s views. We also must listen for stories on COVID and how we are going to solve some up-and-coming challenges.




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