To the Editor:
On Jan. 21 Joe Kenney took the Republican nomination for Executive Councilor District 1 seat, after Ray Burton's death. My January 22 The Citizen (Laconia paper) reports Mr. Kenney thanking "all his supporters and various coalitions, including the Tea Party, Pro-Life Groups and the Wind Coalition."
On June 22, 2011, three Executive Councilors swung the vote to defund Planned Parenthood, clinic that provides general health services to women and families, along with family planning / birth control and abortion services. Ray Burton was never among those councilors defunding family planning. By 2013 the three who voted that way in 2011 were replaced: districts 2, 4, 5 now have councilors supportive of women's health services.
Why would any thinking voter in Executive Council District 1, knowing that Ray always supported women's health services, now support Mr. Kenney, who counts himself Tea Party and Pro-Life supported? The right choice is Mike Cryans, who will support health services for women and their families. A March 11 vote for Mike Cryans continues the work of Ray Burton. Please tell your friends and neighbors that Mike Cryans will have your vote, and urge them to cast this important vote for Mike Cryans too.
Lynn Rudmin Chong