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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


Links on the Web

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.

Links on the Web

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


Image Credits:
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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


Links on the Web

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




Join us for a Canvass of Neighborhoods in Rochester

Rochester Canvass

Please Join Us for a Canvass of Neighborhoods in Rochester to Help Spread the word about Rich Leonard's Senate Campaign.

We will be canvassing in Rochester on Saturday, July 26th from 12 to 4.

We will be meeting at Carol Shea Porter's campaign office and joining her campaign staff.

Come join us!

For More Information

 Call Theo at 609-306-7759

Image Credits:
http://www.villageprofile.com/newhampshire/rochester/03/topic.html

            

Monday, July 14, 2014

Richard Leonard Visits Alton Small Businesses and Senior Center


Richard Leonard Visits Alton Small Businesses and Senior Center

ALTON-Yesterday, Democratic State Senate Candidate, Richard Leonard, alongside Executive Council Candidate Michael Cryans, spoke to local small business owners and visited seniors at the Alton Senior Center.  

Both candidates visited the following businesses: Alton Family Medicine, Fiddlehead Farms, Laundry Mat, TD Bank, Alton Veterinary Clinic, The Post Office, True Value, Likin Biken and Alton Village Pizza.

“I appreciated getting the opportunity to hear from Alton’s small business owners about their needs and challenges,” said Leonard “Small businesses are a boon to our local economy and I look forward to working with them to help Alton move forward.”

What many residents in Alton may not realize is that Leonard is a pharmacist at the local Hannaford’s Pharmacy. “I’ve been taking care of residents’ pharmaceutical needs in Alton for the last eight years,” said Leonard.  

Leonard’s meet and greets today are part of the candidate’s efforts to introduce himself to voters and become more visible at Belknap County events.

“We can speculate about what people need or don’t need from the government, but the only way to actually know is to talk and hear from residents individually, “ explains Leonard. “That’s what I’m doing today, and I look forward to continuing my conversation with the Alton community to talk about how we can strengthen New Hampshire’s economy, build stronger schools and keep college affordable.” 

Leonard with Executive Council Candidate Michael Cryans