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Letter: Pappas is ready to serve


Friday, July 13, 2018

I rejoiced when Chris Pappas announced he would run for the 1st Congressional District. Carol Shea-Porter had just announced her retirement, and we needed a strong Democrat to step up and fight to keep her seat blue. Chris was ready.

I have known Chris since he was a boy. I was his minister for several years and then his neighbor. I had a conversation with Chris when he was a teenager in which he told me his plan to prepare for public service. I was pleased to hear this because I knew even then that Chris would be an excellent public servant.

As time went by, I paid attention as Chris served in the N.H. House of Representatives for two terms and on the Executive Council for three terms, all the while running the Puritan Backroom Restaurant in Manchester. Chris has served New Hampshire well in unsung ways and in so doing has learned much that prepares him for service to his country in the House of Representatives.

I heard Chris speak again recently. He is articulate, knowledgeable, courageous and clear in his positions. He listens carefully and answers candidly. He is committed to caring for his constituents just as he has cared for those who work for him. But he embodies a wider vision: a patriot’s vision to rebuild the care for the common good that will protect democracy. I am convinced he will do good in Washington and will make us proud.

Vote for Chris Pappas on Sept. 11.

The Rev. GAYLE WHITTEMORE

Barnstead