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Letter

Filling Young’s shoes a challenge

To the editor:

I am deeply grateful to Representative Harry Young for his outstanding service to the constituents of Cheshire District 14. Harry and his colleagues, Richard Ames and Doug Ley, helped bring civility and commonsense back to the New Hampshire House and have made it a place where you really want to serve.

They also succeeded in getting the state to deliver on Medicaid Expansion and the long-promised aid for the Jaffrey wastewater treatment plant. That’s the kind of leadership that makes a difference in the lives of constituents.

Over the years, I’ve gotten to know Harry through his work as chair of the Jaffrey Energy Committee. One of my favorite “Harry moments” was when I asked him and his committee if they would join Rindge and Temple in a Carbon Challenge. The first question Harry asked was, “What’s the prize?” I honestly hadn’t thought of prizes before he mentioned it, but could see immediately that it was a brilliant idea. We settled on an ice cream social for the entire winning town and solicited a donation from Stonyfield Farms. Harry also warned me that Temple would probably win — and they did! (But he and I were both invited for ice cream in Temple.)

I am running for the District 14 seat in part because Harry thinks I can do it and he is willing to mentor me. I respect his wisdom, creativity and goodness. His shoes will be difficult to fill! Harry is the guy who came up with the idea for “Solarize Monadnock” which used bulk purchasing contracts to bring down the cost of installing residential solar systems. That bulk purchasing model is now being duplicated in other regions around the state. I am humbled by his kind public endorsement of my candidacy and wish more than anything that we could serve together, instead of me taking his seat. He tells me that serving in the New Hampshire House is the best thing he’s ever done. I believe him.

Pat Martin

Rindge

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