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Friendly Farm owner aims for state senate seat

  • Friendly Farm owner Bruce Fox has recently announced that he will run for State Senate, District Nine. Monday, July 3, 2017. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Friendly Farm owner Bruce Fox has recently announced that he will run for State Senate, District Nine. Monday, July 3, 2017. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Friendly Farm owner Bruce Fox has recently announced that he will run for State Senate, District Nine. Monday, July 3, 2017. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Friendly Farm owner Bruce Fox has recently announced that he will run for State Senate, District Nine. Monday, July 3, 2017. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Over the past 53 years, Bruce Fox said it has been New Hampshire families that have helped keep the Friendly Farm afloat. Fox, who recently announced his candidacy for state senate District 9, now hopes to return the favor. 

“I’m focused completely on helping New Hampshire families,” said Fox, who bought the family friendly farm/petting zoo in Dublin from his father 41 years ago. “I think that government is much more of a solution than a problem.”

It was the results of the Nov. 8 election that pushed Fox toward running for senate, a decision Fox said he made by January. A loyal Democrat of four decades — he last voted for a Republican when Gerald Ford was elected president — Fox said he became “shocked” when the Democrats lost control of the executive and legislative branches. 

Fox said he has been further troubled by the progress made by the current political regime, most notably when Republicans began whittling away at the state budget proposal. 

“There have been so many party line votes, especially when it comes to crucial bills,” said Fox, who said he was also “dumbfounded” by the decision to eliminate the concealed carry license requirements.

“I was shocked to see they decided to loosen gun control. That piece of legislation put me over the edge,” he said.

Fox is a relative newcomer to the political scene, having previously only served as a selectman in Dublin for six years in the 1990s. He currently serves as a cemetery trustee, which he has been doing for the past five years. 

“I think I’m someone who can talk across the aisle, and I think I listen pretty well,” said Fox, of working with Republicans in Concord. “I mean, they do call it the Friendly Farm.”

As a small business owner, Fox said he still holds some classic “Republican tendencies” such as being attuned to a tight budget and being aware of expenses. But when it comes to much of his political beliefs, Fox said he is Democratic through and through. 

“I’m definitely in support of small businesses,” said Fox. “But I also value New Hampshire families over corporations.”

Fox said that some of his biggest campaign platforms include being pro-Medicaid, anti-school voucher, and pro-full day kindergarten. Fox said he also hopes to help find a solution to the opioid epidemic and will focus on clean water initiatives. 

“It’s not necessarily an issue in Dublin, but it is more so in larger towns like Bedford,” said Fox. “Water is very basic to raising a healthy family.”

Fox may believe he is the best candidate for the job, but more importantly, he said New Hampshire needs to become more blue after a recent injection of red in 2016. Fox hopes that he, or another Democratic candidate will win in the end and put the Senate back in control of the Democrats. 

“I think we can do the best job, but it’s all about changing the equation and getting things more balanced in Concord,” said Fox. “I think 2018 will be a good year for Democrats in New Hampshire.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.