Candidate seeks election as representative

To the Editor:

Merrimack has eight seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. You may vote for eight candidates for state representative on Tuesday, Nov. 8. I would like to serve you again as your state representative, and ask for one of your votes.

I am a New Hampshire native and have lived in Merrimack for 41 years, being involved in several volunteer capacities, Merrimack Conservation Committee and the Exchange Club scholars programs. I was elected to the Merrimack Budget Committee, the Merrimack School Board twice and the House of Representatives.

During the 2013-14 term, I was privileged to serve on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, where several important bills were debated and passed in the House:

? "Joshua’s Law," named after a young boy killed by his father during a supervised visitation in 2013; legislation now establishes domestic violence as a separate crime in the state.

? A law to give prosecutors the tools they need to prosecute individuals who traffic men, women and children for labor or sex.

? A law that prohibits discrimination against employees who are victims of domestic violence.

? A law that establishes the crime of financial exploitation of an elderly, impaired or disabled adult.

? Home heating fuel consumer protection, protection of student data collected by school districts, a bipartisan state budget, restored funding for Children In Need of Services and for mental health services, and the repair of red-listed bridges and the elimination of Merrimack’s Exit 12 toll.

I am proud of my 99 percent attendance record, and am dedicated to working diligently and with respect.

Please do not stay home on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Vote from the bottom up! Don’t let others make decisions for you.

Brenda Grady