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To The Editor:

Senator Jeff Woodburn of Dalton is running for re-election for Senate District #1.

"It's all about the North Country our rural culture, values and way of life." Woodburn states in his official campaign announcement. First elected to this geographically expansive senate seat in 2013, the question is what has Sen. Jeff Woodburn actually done for the North Country?

The answer to this question might be more challenging than it seems. It's clear that the local economy is stalling and answers from Concord are not apparent. Sen. Jeff Woodburn is minority leader in the senate, a position that should be able to deliver progress and results to a district that borders Vermont, Maine and the Province of Quebec. Just last week Sen. Woodburn was in a "leadership summit" at the suave Mountain View House in Whitefield, other than fake photo ops and sipping champaigne it would be interesting to see how much 'leadership' was actually generated there.There Was A Leadership Summit At The Mountain View House. Is This An Irony? Or Is This Reality?

I don't think Sen. Jeff Woodburn has done anything except stand behind Gov. Maggie Hassan and her failed creation of an "innovation economy" in New Hampshire which in reality is state budget deficits, heroin deception, a floundering economy and the never ending political rhetoric for a campaign for U.S. Senate. The North Country deserves better than this.

There are two candidates that have come forward to replace Sen. Jeff Woodburn. Rep. Leon Rideout from Lancaster is running who has significant experience serving local people as both a state rep. and as a selectmen. I'm confident the Rideout campaign will spend a great deal of time talking about reality and what Sen. Woodburn clearly isn't doing for this area. The other less well known candidate is Sugar Hill resident Dolly McPhaul, who has taken a clear leadership position on the Eversource Northern Pass Proposal and what this will do the North Country if it is to move forward. Dolly McPhaul has been doing--on her own time what Sen. Woodburn should have been doing all along.

The political campaigns will all make their pitches as to who should be the next senator from District #1. This is your chance to create substative change. Ask for more and most of all demand more.