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Some Democrats to consider

August 16. 2018 11:54PM

To the Editor: The Sept. 11 primary is only weeks away. In a recent event held by the Democrats, we Laconia-area voters listened to Democratic party candidates for Carol Shea-Porter’s First Congressional District seat.

Ten of them, out of 11 who filed, took our questions on note cards. Rochester City Attorney Terence O’Rourke was absent because of illness, a loss. I heard him at a Sanbornton home event, and found him strong in courage and voice, leaning to progressive ideas.

I was drawn to Lincoln Soldati who had nine terms as Strafford County Attorney, been on Somersworth School Board, and been Somersworth mayor. He’s a big man with a big voice and decent ideas. He’d count as sending a wise elder to D.C., helpful as we have a temperamental President who disregards decency, laws, and expertise. Soldati would call out Trump.

I liked what I heard from Rye resident Mindi Messmer, a New Hampshire representative and very active for environmental needs. From her responses, I know she’s aware of national and international situations. She’s a trained scientist. My older daughter Geneva, about the same age, is also a scientist. Geneva has said to me, “A scientist understands systems.” Messmer would be a hard worker for us in D.C.

I urge everyone, especially our swing and undeclared voters to do home work and pick up a Democratic Party ballot in September. In November we will want Democrats sent to D.C., not Republicans, good only for condoning bewildering, unpredictable, and dangerous behavior in our White House.



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