I’ve known Peggy Gilmour for 7 years, and in that time I’ve been impressed time and time again by her commitment to the well-being of New Hampshire and to her constituents when she was our Senator.
Peggy is incredibly passionate about public health, and is committed to giving our experts and law enforcement officials the tools they need to end our current opioid crisis. She has been on the front lines of the opioid crisis here in New Hampshire by being appointed to the steering committee for the drug court. Peggy pushed for and played a large role in helping pass Medicaid Expansion legislation. Giving health care coverage to thousands of Granite Stater’s who otherwise had no access.Her work on legislation for domestic violence and human trafficking shows her commitment to voiceless.
We need Peggy’s voice, knowledge and tireless commitment to serve her constituents back in the New Hampshire State House. I hope you will join me in November and vote for Peggy Gilmour for Senate.
Thanks to the League of Women Voters for hosting a discussion on Money in Politics in Nashua this week. Moderated by the Executive Director of NH Rebellion & Open Democracy Olivia Zink, it was eye opening to hear some of the numbers linked to political contributions and where they originate.
The influence of special interest money in politics is a problem that plagues our political system. 60% of the amount of money donated in elections come from only one hundred and thirty families in the US.
Democrats and Republicans alike agree that financial influence is a factor in our Washington paralysis and divisiveness. We need to come together and agree on common sense changes to shine light on the issue and end gridlock.
Solutions to this monumental problem have been discussed in the legislature for years. It has been nearly seventeen years since Doris “Granny D” Haddock began her walk across the country at age 84 to highlight the scourge of big money in our political system. Since then, the Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, allowing unlimited undisclosed money by corporations and unions, has worsened the problem exponentially.
Some states have implemented improvements, including our neighbor Maine. I call on our NH officials at the state and national levels to work together to address the issue of dark money, and return the influence to the people.
You can find much more information, and Fact Sheets with information on NH and national special interest contributions at the web page of Open Democracy, http://www.opendemocracynh.org and at the sites below.
“As a proponent of smart, clean energy and as a resident of southern New Hampshire, I was pleased to see that Kinder Morgan has decided to suspend its pipeline project indefinitely. This was a win for our communities and for the health of our state’s environment. I would like to thank everyone involved in the fight against this pipeline over the past several months, and in particular the grassroots activists who brought this issue to public officials’ and the media’s attention.”
Friday, March 4, 2016
Gilmour to run for state Senate seat
By CHRIS GAROFOLO
NASHUA – Former state Sen. Peggy Gilmour informally announced Thursday that she will run for her old seat in the Legislature this fall.
Gilmour, a Hollis Democrat, has twice served in the chamber before she lost in 2014 to Republican Kevin Avard, who defeated her in a midterm election where the GOP dominated races in the state.
The Senate District 12 includes Wards 1, 2 and 5 in Nashua, as well as Brookline, Greenville, Hollis, Mason, New Ipswich and Rindge.
“I did represent that district in the past, and I worked very hard to try and understand the issues particularly that related to state government that impacted those communities,” Gilmour said.
“I feel strongly that we need good, sensible voices in our government, and I think sometimes that’s missing,” she added. “I think we all have a responsibility for good and representative government.”
A registered nurse, Gilmour previously served as vice chairwoman of both the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Transportation Committee. She also spent time on the Ways and Means Committee, touting her leadership in reforming New Hampshire’s health care system, establishing a small business tax credit and advocating for new domestic violence laws.
“I noticed that someone with my background was not any longer in the senate. I was really the one who carried the health care background pretty exclusively, and that’s gone,” she said. “And there certainly are a lot of important issues around health care that continue to come before the Legislature.”
Gilmour was elected in 2008, ousted in 2010 by Republican Sen. Jim Luther, but defeated him in a 2012 rematch. In a closely watched race in a Republican-leaning district, Avard upset the Democrat by a 10,839 to 10,517 margin, according to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office.
While Gilmour handily won in her hometown of Hollis and all three Nashua wards, Avard doubled her votes in New Ipswich and Rindge. She attributed the 2014 loss in part to the district’s redistricting that added more conservative towns.
Avard, a former city councilor in Franklin in 2000, first entered the Legislature in 2010 and ran for the state senate four years later. He serves on the Senate Education Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee this legislative session.
“I’m already campaigning. We’ve been off and running and talking to people; I’m very enthused about this race,” Avard said, citing a bipartisan record that included his bill to suspend the state’s death penalty.
“I think I’ve lived up to all my promises that I campaigned on – giving people a voice … giving people at least options on Common Core,” he said. “I’m very eager to continue serving in this office.”
Said Gilmour: “I think we are very, very different in our outlook on things and how we view the role of communities in education and health care.”