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I need your help! Please consider donating $3, $5, $10 or more if you can. It's an investment in winning a Democratic majority and bring back common sense to New Hampshire's Senate District Six. I do not make this request lightly and I understand the trust and faith that accompanies every donation. I have made it my mission to win. Thank You for your support and I ask you for your vote in November 2014 To volunteer, please contact me at Leonard4NHSenate@gmail.com, or by mail: Rich Leonard for State Senate 51 Miller Rd New Durham, NH 03855

Monday, September 1, 2014

Help Us with Canvassing on September 6th and 7th

Saturday and Sunday Canvassing

September 6th-Rochester
Time: 10am to 1pm
Place: Planet Fitness Parking Lot(306 North Main Street, Rochester, NH)

September 7th-New Durham
Time: 2pm to 4:30pm
Place: Rich's Farm in New Durham(51 Miller Road, New Durham, NH)

To join the canvass please touch base with Theo Siggelakis at TSiggelakis@nhdp.org

Get A Lawn Sign to Show Your Support for Rich

Lawn signs are officially arriving soon. Please let us know if you would like a lawn sign. 

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rich Leonard fills the prescription for an excellent NH Senator

Attention Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians!



This election year, Rich Leonard, a practicing pharmacist in Alton, is running for State Senate and has asked for support of the pharmacy community. The NH Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists) neither endorses nor denounces any political candidate, but as a courtesy and for informational purposes, we are forwarding a letter from him, including his position statement and reference to his campaign website.

Dear Colleague, 
My name is Richard Leonard and I am running for the NH State Senate.  I am the ONLY pharmacist running for senate in NH.  Since graduating in 1975 from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy I have been a community pharmacist and currently practice in Alton at Hannaford’s. 
In my opinion, I think it is in the best interest of pharmacists across this state to have one of their own in the legislature.  Legislative bills that had the support of the NHPA and NHSHP did not make it through the legislative process possibly because we did not have an elected advocate.  
A good example is House Bill 1219: 
HB1219- is a bill relative to the work schedule of pharmacists. The bill’s key provision is that a pharmacist working longer than 5 hours in a workday Shall take a 30-minute rest break. 
Other key issues, to list just a few, include Prescription Drug Monitoring, Compounding, Collaborative Agreements, and Sharps disposal (HB1344). 
Having a Pharmacist in the Senate with real world experience would advance legislative advocacy on behalf of all pharmacists and public health in general. 
I nearly won Senate District 6 in 2012 but came up 319 votes shy out of 25,000 votes. Your interest in this campaign is critical to winning November 4th. The Nashua Telegraph reported recently that my district – Rochester, Farmington, New Durham, Alton, Gilmanton and Barnstead, is one of three most likely to flip to the challenger. 
I ask all Pharmacists for Rich Leonard-State Senate to lend me your support and if elected I promise to always be open minded and an advocate for pharmacy. Please go to my website www.RichLeonard4NH.org for more information. 
My Sincere Thanks,
“Richard Leonard for Senate”
51 Miller Rd
New Durham, NH 03855
603-767-2652
RichLeonardNH@gmail.com

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Letter in Rochester Times Endorsing Rich

This letter appeared in the August 7 Letters to the Editor Section of the Rochester Times.

Cataldo signs Koch Brothers pledge to harm working families

To the Editor:

Our District 6 State Senator, Sam Cataldo, recently pledged to gridlock our government and begin to dismantle all we have built in New Hampshire in the past two years. Sam signed the Americans for Prosperity Taxpayer Pledge.

The Pledge, supported by American’s for Prosperity, one of the political arms of the Libertarian Koch Brothers’ empire, commits its signers to concentrate on five things: 1. cut taxes, fees and oppose any increases; 2. cut spending and the size of government; 3. pass a right to work law in NH; 4. oppose the Affordable Care Act, and any healthcare reforms that would improve it, including Medicaid expansion; and 5. uphold the constitutions of the US and NH. Basically, Senator Cataldo has pledged to follow the libertarian values of his Koch Brother supporters, rather than represent his constituents by listening to them.

This is a pledge that you essentially break when you sign it. The fifth point in the pledge is to uphold the constitutions of the US and NH. Both compel representatives to represent their constituents, not special interests. By signing this pledge, Senator Cataldo has refused to uphold his constitutional duty to represent his people, because he will work diligently to remove all the protections our government has for working women and men. His pledge tells me that he will work against the wishes of my neighbors and friends in District 6.

Rich Leonard is a kind and generous man, who sees the struggles of working class families everyday at his job. Rich personally knows the struggles that working families must endure. When his wife was fighting cancer and her job was terminated, she and Rich lost their health care. Trying to find insurance with a pre-existing condition was next to impossible. Rich did find health care through his employer, but Rich understands that this is not the circumstance for many people. Because he cares deeply for the people in his community and district, Rich is the kind of person I can trust to fight for our best interests, not the best interests of the libertarian anti-government Koch Brothers.

So I urge you to consider this when you vote this fall. I encourage you to vote for Rich Leonard for the District 6 State Senate seat. Rich is a pharmacist who also works a farm in New Durham. I know Rich to be a person of integrity and justice. He is not interested in being bought by special interest groups. He is only interested being the voice of his community in the NH Senate, a community in which he lives and works. You can learn more about Rich Leonard on his website at www.RichLeonard4NH.org.

Stan Freeda
Farmington


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Letters to the Editor August 7 in the Rochester Times
http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140807/GJOPINION04/140809627/-1/ROCtimes




            

Have Dessert with Rich and Carol Shea-Porter

Campaign Fundraiser August 12 at the Governor's Inn

Enjoy dessert with Rich Leonard, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and a host of other Democrats, at the Governor's Inn this coming Tuesday, August 12 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.



            

Voice Your Support for Rich on Democracy for America

Help Rich Get Endorsement from Democracy for America

Please consider adding your name to the growing list of supporters that are asking for an endorsement from Howard Dean's organization, Democracy for America.   Visit the Voice Support location on the website and add your name, email, and zip code.

Reminder: This Tuesday, August 12th, the campaign will be having our fundraiser at the Governor's Inn in Rochester from 7 to 9pm. Carol Shea-Porter will be opening the event!

As always, never be shy to donate securely with ActBlue to the campaign. August 20th is the filling deadline.

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Voice Support for Rich Leonard on Democracy for America 
http://www.democracyforamerica.com/campaigns/3471-richard-leonard-for-state-senate


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Election Countdown

Sunday Marks 100 Days Until Election day

On my homepage we will be starting a mini-series of campaign updates. Every ten days we will do a count-down and also give everyone an election update.

Currently, the campaign has over $36,000 dollars raised and more on the way. We have received endorsements from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), National Education Association New Hampshire (NEA-NH),  and the Granite State Teamsters.

W have had successful contact with over 400 voters in District 6.

We will also be having a fundraiser for the campaign featuring Carol Shea Porter on August 12th from 7 to 9:00 pm at the Governor's Inn.

Look out for more updates on the campaign!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Foster's Daily Democrat: Letter to the Editor Featuring Rich Leonard

College Grad in Debt

To the editor: 

Having recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire, I am now in the position of having to pay back my substantial student loans. In this, I am not alone, I am but one of many. In point of fact, New Hampshire has the highest amount of students in debt, as well as the amount of that debt. According to recent statistics, 75% of all NH college students have substantial financial commitment, with the typical student accruing on average, $32,440 in debt. Our state senator, Sam Cataldo, has repeatedly voted against funding of the University of New Hampshire system. I find it frustrating that we have a senator who feels that the people least able to afford it, should have to shoulder the greater financial burden of educational costs.

Richard Leonard, in contrast, has a true commitment to funding our higher education system here in New Hampshire. Currently, he serves as an Advisory Council Member on the Strafford County UNH Extension Service. He cites the service’s defunding as one of the reasons why he decided to run for office. Richard Leonard is committed to building a university system where all students can receive the training and opportunities necessary to grow in their chosen career. On the other hand, Senator Sam Cataldo has continued to support a system in which only those who are financially affluent can benefit. In the upcoming election we have a decision to make: do we maintain the status quo, or do we opt for real change?

Alex Miller

Rochester


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Rochester Times Letters to the Editor - July 24, 2014
http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140724/GJOPINION_0102/140729654/-1/FOSOPINION0102