CONCORD — U.S. Rep. Ann M. Kuster, D-N.H., and former state senator Molly M. Kelly have received the Concord Monitor’s endorsement in their bids for Congress and governor, respectively.
Kuster, of Hopkinton, is seeking her fourth term in Washington against challenges by N.H. Rep. Steven Negron, R-Nashua, and Nashua Libertarian Justin O’Donnell. Kuster represents New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes all of the Monadnock Region.
Kelly, a Democrat who lives in Harrisville, is looking to unseat Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of Newfields in Concord’s corner office. Also in the race is Libertarian Jilletta Jarvis of Sandown.
The Monitor endorsed Kuster and Kelly in separate editorials this week.
“In her three terms in Congress, 2nd District Democratic Rep. (Ann) 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,” says one of the editorials, which also backs Executive Councilor Christopher C. Pappas, D-Manchester, in the race for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. Kuster “has proven that she can work across the aisle with Republicans on issues like campaign finance reform and infrastructure funding.”
The editorial on Kelly calls Sununu “affable, approachable, energetic and not without accomplishments” and says that neither candidate has sufficiently addressed the high property tax burden and inequities in public education funding by the state.
But it faults Sununu for his support of school vouchers, which the editorial says would only deepen those inequalities.
“We believe that, if elected, (Kelly) would do everything possible to make good on her promise to build a New Hampshire that works for everybody, including school children in places like Franklin, Pittsfield, Allenstown and Claremont,” the editorial states.
The general elections are Tuesday.