Thrilled with Chris Pappas
July 10. 2018 8:15PM
To the Editor: I rejoiced when Chris Pappas announced he would run for New Hampshire’s First 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.
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 New Hampshire House 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 a few nights ago. He is articulate, knowledgeable, courageous, and clear in his positions. He listens carefully and answers candidly. He is a people person and is committed to care for his constituents just as he has cared for those who work for him. But he embodies 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 here at home proud.
THE REV. GAYLE WHITTEMORE