N.H. Senate

Lee Nyquist

The race for Senate District 9 pits a political newcomer — New Boston Democrat Lee Nyquist, an attorney — against a former lawmaker who had previously represented another district — Bedford Republican Andy Sanborn, a restaurant owner.

Sanborn, who was elected to the Senate to represent District 7 in 2010, resigned this summer when he moved into the district where he’s now running. As a senator, Sanborn focused on working to improve the business climate through regulatory and tax reforms for limited liability companies, an effort he says he’ll continue if he returns to Concord.

Nyquist, while new to elected state politics, has a history of public service with 20 years serving as his town’s moderator and seven years as chairman of the New Hampshire Advisory Council on Unemployment Compensation, a nine-member group appointed by the governor to advise the N.H. Department of Employment Security.

Both candidates are thoughtful and well-informed about the tough issues facing the state. But we think Nyquist’s fair, balanced approach and well-rounded perspective make him the clear top choice for voters in District 9 and earn him our enthusiastic endorsement.

Nyquist brings a refreshing depth of understanding about the hurdles the state faces in lowering unemployment and retaining young people — key steps in overall economic recovery. He clearly lays out priorities for state spending, including investing in creative secondary education to foster a more robust workforce and bolstering technical and community colleges. He’s sensitive to the effects of cost downshifting from the state to local level and favors finding ways to restore the safety net for vulnerable residents.

Nyquist makes a thoughtful case for his positions on issues, such as opposition to proposed constitutional amendments that would prohibit an income tax — though he would vote against a broad-based income or sales tax — and allow the Legislature to make rules for the courts. He also presents an open-minded approach to considering all sides of an issue, exemplified by his answer to whether he favors gambling in the state: “On the one hand (opponents) feel that there’s a New Hampshire way that is fundamentally inconsistent with gaming, I understand that, I respect that. But if it were proven to me that it was going to be a real long term economic benefit to the state and the coffers of the state of New Hampshire without being a significant public safety hazard or changing the New Hampshire way of life, I could and would be for it.”

Concord would benefit from an infusion of thoughtful, measured consideration of ideas, and that’s just what Nyquist brings to the table.

Molly Kelly

Two candidates with impressive records of serving residents of the Monadnock Region are facing off in the race for the Senate District 10 seat.

Incumbent Sen. Molly Kelly, a Keene Democrat, has held the seat for six years. Republican challenger Richard Foote, of Swanzey, will be leaving his post after 14 years as the Cheshire County sheriff, with a total of more than four decades in law enforcement in the Granite State.

Foote presents voters with a strong alternative, but Kelly has proven her outstanding commitment to representing in Concord the interests of her district through tangible measures for the Monadnock Region, such as playing an instrumental role in establishing a technology center at Keene State College and working to keep the county court located in Keene.

We believe Foote is a promising moderate Republican candidate who could serve the region well with his law enforcement background and expressed sensitivity to the needs of the elderly, people with mental illness and lower-income families by gaining state legislative experience in the N.H. House.

For Senate District 10, we endorse Kelly in her bid for re-election.

As a state senator, Kelly has consistently been engaged with the constituents of her district, appearing at community events and talking with local residents and business owners about issues that affect them. She champions improving the state’s secondary education system through reforming how student achievement is measured and investing in technological development and innovative curricula, which she says would be bolstered by an ongoing effort to get a state waiver from the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Additionally, Kelly has proven herself to be an effective lawmaker both while she was in the majority party and, most recently, when she has been among the minority in the Legislature. She brings an inclusive approach to leadership, working with lawmakers across the aisle and serving on numerous committees to study issues affecting residents of the state. During a particularly polarized time in the state’s political landscape such an approach is key to overcoming partisan gridlock and making changes that will benefit New Hampshire residents.

u The newly-redistricted Senate map is as follows: District 9 includes the communities of Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Greenfield, Hancock, Jaffrey, Peterborough, Richmond and Troy; District 10 includes Alstead, Chesterfield, Gilsum, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Roxbury, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Walpole, Westmoreland and Winchester.

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