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October 10. 2012 12:04AM

Two strong picks: Warner, Forrester for Senate

New Hampshire’s Senate Districts 1 and 2, representing the North Country and parts of the Upper Valley and Lakes Region respectively, have two strong candidates in Debi Warner of Littleton and Jeanie Forrester of Meredith.

In District 1, Warner was a great find for the Republicans, who lost longtime Sen. John Gallus to retirement. A psychologist, she is not just thoughtful and a good listener, but she takes a careful, analytical approach to issues that have affected the North Country for years. For example, this summer, she developed her own system for measuring the economic, ecological and social impact of different types of businesses and infrastructure investments. Doing so helped her conclude that the region should pursue policies that help small, local businesses grow rather than try to lure another big employer to the area. When she speaks of the North Country’s needs, she is effective. The North Country needs someone like that in Concord.

And anyone who thinks she would end up supporting Northern Pass obviously has spent no time talking with her about it. She is strongly opposed. We found her to be refreshingly creative and engaging, and we think she would make an excellent senator.

Likewise, Sen. Jeanie Forrester in District 2 deserves reelection. She has proven herself to be a strong advocate for the Lakes Region, its people and its businesses. She knows that the region cannot take more tax increases, and she has worked to balance the need for job growth and environmental protection. Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin has called her “the hardest working Senator we’ve had in a long time.” She deserves another term to keep working for District 2.


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