Chris Pappas

Democrat Chris Pappas, candidate for the 1st Congressional District, celebrates his Primary win with supporters at the Puritan Backroom in Manchester on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.

For Chris Pappas

To the Editor: I know Chris Pappas – who is the Democrat running for Congress – as most people throughout the First District do. We remember him not only for his time in public office, but for his work at the Puritan Backroom – the 101-year old Manchester landmark that he co-owns with his family. We remember Backroom staples, like chicken tenders and mudslides, and chatting with Chris at the restaurant. We remember that he’s been working there since he was a kid, never shying away from cleaning dishes or busing tables.

Even though we know this, Republican challenger Eddie Edwards doesn’t seem to. During the AARP debate, he called Chris a career politician who has never dealt with “normal people.’’

This is an insult. Every single elected position in New Hampshire, other than governorship, is a part-time position. While serving as both a representative and an Executive Councilor, Chris carried out these roles while remaining heavily involved in the Backroom. He pushed through Medicaid expansion and secured funding for Planned Parenthood, and then – that same day – returned to the Backroom to cut feta and chat with patrons.

Chris Pappas is an experienced policymaker and a central member of the community. He knows that people come before politics, and that engaging with the community is the best way to understand the issues facing it. I know that he’ll do the same when we send him down to Washington.

Katherine Morse

Massabesic St. Manchester

Katherine Morse

Massabesic St. Manchester

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