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Support for Coffey

Editor of the Reformer,

In a time when national politics are divisive and often hard to swallow, it’s imperative that we Vermonters remember to focus attention and energy on state and local races. As a resident of Guilford, an early childhood teacher at Guilford Central School, and a parent of two young children, I am writing to express my strong support to re-elect Sara Coffey as our State Representative for the towns of Guilford and Vernon.

Sara has had two productive years working in the Vermont Legislature, supporting public schools, and early childhood education. She has worked to make sure that our small public schools remain viable and open, has co-sponsored a bill to provide more funding to early childhood special education, and has advocated for paid family and medical leave, something that deeply impacts those of us with young children at home.

Sara understands the unbelievable challenges of raising a family while also working to make ends meet. She knows that creating an equitable and sustainable system of high quality early education not only benefits our youngest citizens, but is a means to enhance our state economy. With Sara as our Representative, I know we will continue to have a strong advocate for accessible, affordable, and high quality early education.

I urge residents of Guilford and Vernon to vote for Sara Coffey for state representative.


Emma Hallowell

Guilford, Oct. 4

Candidate opposes higher taxes

Editor of the Reformer,

New Hampshire’s House of Representatives tried to hike taxes on Granite State families and businesses by over $600 million. House Bill 623 — $280 million; HB 686 — $150 million; and HB 712 – $168 million are just three examples. In understandable numbers, the tax hikes work out to an extra $1,200 in taxes for every family in Cheshire County.

State Reps Michael Abbott, Paul Berch, Cathy Harvey, and Lucy Weber of Cheshire 1 did nothing to stop the increased tax burden. None of them spoke or voted against the proposed tax hikes. Hinsdale, Chesterfield, Westmoreland, and Walpole were voiceless in Concord. We had no one representing us.

Now Abbott, Berch, Harvey, and Weber want your vote to send them back to Concord for yet another two years. You have to wonder, “Why bother?” So they can vote for massive tax hikes again? And they most certainly will, if re-elected.

It can be different, because you have a choice this November 3rd. Whit Aldrich, Kate Day, Pete Benik, and I will not only vote against all of these tax hikes, but we have pledged to vote against any income or sales tax proposed in Concord.

Richard Merkt, Republican candidate

NH House of Representatives, Cheshire-1

Westmoreland, N.H., Sept. 14


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