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Letter: Vote thoughtfully


Tuesday, December 04, 2018

As a recent member of the N.H. House having served 11 consecutive terms, I no longer have a vote. However, I do have an opinion regarding the current debate involving the secretary of state’s office.

I am opposed to the politicization of the office, which appears inevitable given the fundraising activities of one candidate. This will set a precedent that could lead to an instability in office leadership.

As a representative with past appointments to several committees on the National Conference for State Legislatures, I have come to appreciate the benefits of the first-in-the-nation primary. I have been told that with change in the secretary of state leadership, there is no guarantee that New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary would continue.

Finally, during my 22 years of participation as a Democrat, I have valued the teamwork and unity that have been typical of caucus meetings. Currently, the team is divided, with a number of Democrats advocating to introduce politics into a state office that has been nonpartisan for 42 years. Their rationale is without a solid foundation and the resulting division among Democrats most unsettling.

I support Secretary Gardner and recognize the excellent work he has done in protecting the integrity of the democratic election process.

I urge my former colleagues and new representatives to vote thoughtfully on Dec. 5 and to consider carefully what a message of party division and change is sending to the public.

Rep. MARY STUART GILE

Concord