September 09. 2018 9:38PM

Public service: Trust candidates with track records

EDITORIAL


The phrase “public service” gets thrown around a lot by elected officials who claim that wielding power and spending other peoples’ money is a sacrifice they are making on our behalf.

Many politicians use their positions to serve themselves.

When weighing our endorsements for Congress, we looked for candidates who had proven themselves willing to put the public’s welfare above their own.

In the First Congression-al District, Republican Eddie Edwards served his country in the Navy, his state at the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, and his town as chief of police in South Hampton. He stood up to bureaucrats and political pressure, and would bring the spirit of New Hampshire independence to Washington.

Democrat Chris Pappas has distinguished himself in several roles as a thoughtful and hardworking public official. We don’t agree with his progressive views, but he would be the best choice for New Hampshire Democrats who want to maintain the Granite State’s voice in Congress.

In the Second District, Republican Steve Negron built his reputation in the Air Force and in the private sector before serving in the New Hampshire House. He is a dedicated, conservative leader.

Voters will define the direction of their parties during Tuesday’s primaries. We urge them to nominate candidates who have earned the public’s trust.