“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.”
Nashua Telegraph Editorial
“It’s not difficult to understand why Nashua’s Kevin Avard failed to win re-election to the New Hampshire’s House of Representatives two years ago after being swept into office during the 2010 Republican landslide that propelled House Speaker Bill O’Brien into power – and eventual infamy.
Under O’Brien’s tutelage, Avard marked his political territory by voting to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law and supporting legislation to allow individuals and businesses to deny services to gay couples.
Avard kept perfect time with the GOP leadership’s effort to disembowel New Hampshire’s judiciary by voting for state judges to be commissioned for renewable seven-year terms and to exempt legislative acts from judicial review.
And when O’Brien attempted to grease the wheels to allow Cancer Treatment Centers of America to set up shop in New Hampshire, Avard backed legislation that would have exempted destination specialty hospitals from the state’s certificate of need process while allowing them to be excused from paying the Medicaid enhancement tax.
Avard believes that stellar record deserves a promotion, and so he’s seeking the New Hampshire Senate District 12 seat held by Democratic incumbent Peggy Gilmour. In contrast, Gilmour has a legislative record worthy of praise.
Gilmour co-sponsored legislation to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation that cleared the Senate. She co-sponsored a new law that requires insurers to allow people to purchase 90-day supplies of prescription drugs at the pharmacy of their choice. She co- sponsored improvements to the state’s pay equity law. She co-sponsored a new law establishing a senior citizens bill of rights. We could go on.
There’s a pattern here. On one hand is a former legislator with a record of limiting human rights, undermining the constitutional principle of separation of powers, and enabling political cronyism. On the other hand is a sitting legislator with a record of supporting human rights for all, improving the lives of health care patients and seniors, and reaching across the political aisle to forge bipartisan solutions.
Peggy Gilmour is the slam-dunk choice for New Hampshire Senate District 12.”
State Sen. Peggy Gilmour announced today that over 50 Republicans from Greater Nashua and across Senate District 12 have endorsed her campaign for reelection. The list includes current and former elected officials, as well as business and community leaders with strong ties to the district.
“I am honored to have the backing of so many Republican community leaders across the district supporting my work in the State Senate” said Sen. Peggy Gilmour. “As an elected official, I have and will continue to serve with an open mind and an open ear. We will only move New Hampshire forward by working together and focusing on practical, common sense solutions – regardless of partisan politics. I am proud that this list of supporters demonstrates the faith my constituents have in me to do just that.”
“Sen. Gilmour demonstrates leadership in every role she takes, is an active member of our community, and always puts the needs of her constituents first. While I may not see eye to eye with Peggy on 100% of issues, I know she’s there for what matters – and she never hesitates to give a frank answer. As a lifelong Republican, I wholeheartedly endorse Sen. Gilmour to continue working for New Hampshire’s best interests in Concord.” – Ed Lecius
“I have always admired Sen. Gilmour’s honesty and work ethic. She has been great for our community in so many ways, and I’ve always found Peggy to be fair and completely above board – exactly the kind of person that I want making policy decisions.” – Paul Hebert
Republicans for Gilmour include:
Alderman Brian McCarthy, Nashua
Alderman Rick Dowd, Nashua
Arthur O’Leary, Hollis
Bud and Phyllis King, Hollis
Carol Farmer, Nashua
Carol Kelly, Nashua
David Emus, Hollis
David Heath, Nashua
Deborah Novotny, Nashua
Dr. Ed Klopfer, Hollis
Dr. Robert Moheban, Nashua
Ed Lecius, Merrimack
Elizabeth Bucknam, Hollis
Ellen Curelop, Nashua
Fran Coulter, Hollis
Francisco and Peggy Siega, Hollis
H. Taylor Caswell III, Hollis
Former Republican State Rep. Dick Drisko, Hollis
Former Republican State Senator Jim Squires, Hollis
Harold & Nancy Carta, Greenville
Hon. Susan Emerson, Rindge
Jim Tollner, Nashua
Joe Litwin, Hollis
Kevin Halloran, Nashua
Chris Stawasz, Hollis
Linda Lovering, Hollis
Mary Ann Crowell, Brookline
Maureen Curdo, Hollis
Neil Rogers, Nashua
Paul Edmunds, Hollis
Paul Hebert, Nashua
Peggy Proko-Weisman, Hollis
Peter Proko, Hollis
Richard and Vivian Wilbourg, Mason
Richard Lannan, Nashua business leader
Sally Sadler, Hollis
Sally Streeter, Nashua
Sandy Johnson, Hollis
Stephanie Streeter, Brookline
Sue Birch, Hollis
Sue Holmes, Hollis
Sylvia Eggleston, Hollis
Thomas Digiacinto, U.S. Army Veteran, Hollis
Tom Morin, Hollis
Tom Norton, Hollis
Vincent Kelly, Nashua
CONCORD – Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee Senate member Peg Gilmour (D-Hollis) and House members Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) and Ed Butler (D-Hart’s Location) released the following statement today in response to Republican comments on first meeting.
“We agree with Governor Hassan that in order to improve the health of our citizens it is critical for New Hampshire to have significant input in the development of our health benefit marketplace. Leaving control of New Hampshire’s exchange solely in the hands of the Federal Government is not in the best interest of our citizens and businesses. New Hampshire State Agencies have made it clear that a partnership exchange will enable New Hampshire to maintain the most control possible while best serving individuals, families, and businesses.”