CHICHESTER - Nancy Fraher of Chichester, a Candia Elementary School teacher who is retiring next month, announced today that she will run for the New Hampshire State Senate in District 17.
"Providing a high-quality education is the most important thing we can do as a state to ensure that our children have the opportunities they deserve for good lives and to ensure that our state can attract the innovative businesses of the future," Fraher said.
"I've spend most of my life trying to improve education for our children here in New Hampshire. I am running because I can't just sit back any longer and watch the legislature attempt to dismantle public education and the opportunities it provides for our children," Fraher said.
"This legislature cut funding for higher education in half. It cut dropout prevention programs, funding for special education, and money for vocational education. Yet, this legislature said it had the money to fund a cut in the cigarette tax and to send millions in taxpayer dollars to private schools," Fraher said. "We need to get the New Hampshire moving in the right direction again, focusing on the right priorities.
"That starts with changing the legislature, which is why I am running for the state Senate."
A native of Pembroke and a Plymouth State University graduate, Fraher lives in Chichester with her husband Gerard and daughter Suzanne. She is retiring after 35 years as a teacher, including the last 30 years at Candia Elementary School. She also taught for two years at the Department of Defense before going to Candia Elementary.
Fraher is a former chair and member of the Chichester School Board, which was named the New Hampshire School Board of the Year during her service. She also served on the SAU #53 school board, which is comprised of the towns of Allenstown, Epsom, Deerfield, Pembroke and Chichester.