CONTACT: Rich Killion

June 21, 2006 (603) 344-1454

WINDHAM, NH – State Senator Chuck Morse (R) Salem, today officially announced his candidacy for the Executive Council representing District 3.

“I am running because the citizens of the third council district need an executive councilor with a proven track record in turning fiscal conservative ideas into results,” said Morse. “I am the candidate who will be the taxpayer’s watchdog in Concord – demanding that our state government is as accountable, responsive and responsible as the people it serves.”

As the current Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Morse has served two terms as state senator representing the communities of Atkinson, Pelham, Plaistow, and Salem; two terms as state representative, is a former member of the Salem Board of Selectman, is the current Salem town moderator, and is active in a number of community organizations. Recognized for his service as a community leader, Morse has been an owner of a small business for eighteen years and knows firsthand what makes New Hampshire distinct.

“Starting a small business from scratch, I know what it’s like to meet the demands of a payroll every week,” said Morse. “I know the importance that small businesses have in our state – they are the lifeblood of our economy. I also know first-hand how the absence of a sales or income tax, our state’s low tax burden and our limited government are important reasons why our small businesses are strong and growing. It’s a perspective I brought with me to Concord and one I’ll bring to the Executive Council.”

As Senate Finance Chairman, Morse helped build a state budget that held the line on spending while ensuring that essential services were maintained and provided for the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

“I led the fight to bring fiscal responsibility and discipline to Concord,” said Morse. “The need to be disciplined and fiscally conservative has put me at odds, at times, with the Governor, with fellow legislators and even members of my own party. But that’s what needs to be done to ensure that tough decisions are made and tough challenges are met. It is what people expect of their elected officials. More importantly, it is what they deserve.”

Morse lives in Salem with his wife Susan and their daughter. He is the President of Freshwater Farms in Atkinson.