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Draft II

To The Editor:

Sugar Hill resident Dolly McPhaul is running for Senate District #1.

"People not government." McPhaul said as a reason for running in this geographically large district that includes borders with Vermont, Maine and the Province of Quebec. This is a political campaign that faces an uphill battle.

"Our spectacular natural beauty should not be sacrificed for any reason." McPhaul said about the Eversource Northern Pass proposal to march high voltage transmission lines down from Hydro-Quebec cutting through central New Hampshire. Northern Pass is an issue, but there are others; candidate McPhaul offers no strategy or even ideas on how to advance the economy of the North Country.Northern Pass Is An Issue, There Are Others. Candidate McPaul Hasn't Stated Anything.

The McPhaul campaign is in a contested Republican primary against Rep. Leon Rideout of Lancaster who is also a selectmen. Rep. Rideout understands the issues, I'd question whether this candidate does. McPhaul herself has never served in elected office which could prove to be a decisive liability if she is elected. Her campaign website claims: "no responsibility to lobbyists." This isn't realistic. Many lobbyists in the statehouse have substantial experience and legitimate credibility. Not only do they know the legislative process, but without their genuine efforts many bills would not move forward.