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Editorial: Send Kuster and Pappas to Congress

  • Pappas is running in the 1st Congressional District. AP


Sunday, October 28, 2018

The 2018 midterm congressional races are being described as the most important in a generation, or even a lifetime.

Suffice it to say that the outcomes will matter more than most. Each race is, inescapably, a referendum on the policies and behavior of President Donald Trump and the merits, or demerits, of one-party rule.

In her three terms in Congress, 2nd District Democratic Rep. Anne Kuster has taken the lead on two issues vital to New Hampshire: the need for federal assistance to combat the opioid crisis that’s claiming the lives of hundreds of residents per year, and the inadequate delivery of health care to the state’s veterans. She has proven that she can work across the aisle with Republicans on issues like campaign finance reform and infrastructure funding. If re-elected, and if the Democrats control the House, Kuster will become chair of that body’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, a position likely to assume increasing importance. Kuster has served the state admirably and deserves re-election.

In the 1st Congressional District, our vote goes to Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, a Manchester Democrat. In his two terms in that office, Pappas has demonstrated that he is a savvy overseer of state contracts, gubernatorial appointments and the financing of government. As the chief executive of a family business that employs more than 200 people, he understands the needs of businesses and workers alike.

In Congress, he would seek to address expanded access to health care for all Americans, including treatment for addictions, and protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. He would seek ways to remedy the severe shortage of affordable housing, locally and in many parts of the nation.

Like Kuster, Pappas opposed the Trump tariffs, which are causing job losses, and his tax cuts, which have made it more difficult to invest in the nation’s infrastructure.

Although we have a strong preference for Kuster and Pappas, we welcome their Republican opponents, Steve Negron in the 2nd Congressional District and Eddie Edwards in the 1st District, to the bigger electoral stage. Negron and Edwards are both genial, intelligent and passionate about public service, but their inexperience with the issues shows. They are both veterans, both extremely conservative and both fervent supporters of a president sorely in need of restraint. They are likable, but their policies and experience are not what this state or this nation need at this juncture.