To the Editor: This Wednesday the full 424-member Legislature will vote for secretary of state. I ask that body to support Bill Gardner for secretary of state.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Bill Gardner for 24 years and serving with Colin Van Ostern on the Executive Council for three years; both are good men. However, I believe this election is experience versus no experience in the office of secretary of state, which is critical for our citizens. A wrong outcome could forever politicize this office.

The secretary of state office is much more than election law. It oversees archives and records management, the corporate division, securities regulation, the Uniform Commercial Code and vital records. Much of this knowledge takes years to learn and to understand in order to better assist our citizens. Bill Gardner and his team have that experience.

Bill Gardner has waged a war to keep the first-in-the-nation primary, spent hours training with town clerks and moderators all over the state, overseen hundreds of election recounts, participated in state and federal commissions when his nation and state called upon him. Always, he leaves his door open.

Secretary Gardner has been a New Hampshire institution, a historian, a defender of archival treasures and a friend to New Hampshire. Let Bill Gardner continue his lifework as secretary of state.

Joe Kenney,

Executive Councilor

Wakefield

Joe Kenney,

Executive Councilor

Wakefield