Meet The Candidates-Candace Cole-McCrea And Larry Brown

New Hampshire State Representative 

Strafford County District 1: Milton/Middleton

Vote for Two Democratic Candidates

Why am I running for state rep from Milton/Middleton?

Candace Cole-McCrea

Candace Cole-McCrea
This is the most important question.

 Why am I running?

I have a wonderful neighbor who is a great man and good friend.  At any time, day or night, 24/7 if I am in need, he will come over and fix whatever so I and my son are safe.  You see,  I use a wheelchair.  This neighbor comes to help  at all hours, smiling, never charging me for more than cost of materials, if that.  I live in a safer world because of him.
This neighbor is an outspoken Tea Party member.  I am a Democrat.  We both have sons about the same age with similar disabilities.  We both are struggling to help our sons  move into adult lives of meaning and value in a social world that is not so accepting of differences.  We both worry about our sons  futures after we are no longer able to care for them.

In so many ways, my neighbor and I are so much alike.  I strongly believe in helping everyoneI can, whether they can pay me or not…so does he.  We both want fairness for our sons in the social world.  We both love New Hampshire and want the best for her future and for her citizens.  We both share similar frustrations in the current crises in our state, country and world.  We both want to live out our lives safely in our own homes.

My neighbor is a major reason why I am running for state rep. I am heartbroken at the way our system has coached us all, all neighbors, to hate and tear each other apart for thinking differently.  I despair when I hear how people elected to represent their constituencies, sometimes,  actually work to manifest their own personal agendas without even listening to what their communities want or need… as if they, the elected, know what is best for everyone…”my way or else” has become the doctrine of public life.

 I thought elected persons were supposed to:

1.      Represent the  people who elected them to the best of their ability…isn’t that why we call them “representatives”?
2.     Be public servants…serve the citizenship and their communities and not dictate policy in an authoritarian way.

I think I have something to offer.  I have spent a lifetime learning how to find unity in differences.  I have years of training in conflict resolution to find best possible solutions that incorporate the wisdom of each person who comes to the table.   I seek to truly respect diversity, even of opinion, and not demand obedience to my will.  I am not perfect, but I can learn from others.  I am a listener.
I would like to be given an opportunity to help the legislature and citizens step beyond the anger at extreme views to  work for the goals we all share:  safety and support for our families, good neighbors, good health, home and job security, vital communities, and an environmentally strong and prosperous future for New Hampshire.
 And more than this, I would like to be given the opportunity to listen to each one of you…to achieve this goal, I commit to having regular public meetings, open to anyone, in libraries or other community gathering places, well publicized.  I will want to hear you.
Thank you for “listening” to me.  If I am elected, I will spend far more of my time listening to you, than asking you to listen to me.

Larry Brown
Larry Brown
Susann and I live in an old cape just north of the Farm Museum about five minutes from the Middleton Town Line.  We have lived there since 1995.  She was born in Concord.  My father’s family farmed N.H. before it was a state – my great grandfather ran the poor farm down in Milford.  My grandfather was a Roosevelt Reform Republican.  Born in the shadow of the Civil War he was still working at 80 and out on strike for fair wages and worker’s rights.

The NH we have today is yesterday’s gift – given by the people who came before us who worked for a common good – in common hope.  For 15 years I have worked to pay for my fair share of that gift, to pay back what came to me and to “pay it forward” to people I will never meet.

I’ve served on over a dozen Town and County elected boards, committees, volunteer groups and projects and I’ve served three terms as your State Rep in a bi-partisan legislature committed to civil government and the services of government that make NH Democracy work.

There is no democracy without a fair tax system.  I’m the Budget Chair in Milton.  We respect taxes.  We set a tight budget.  We expect full service from our town employees and full value for our local tax dollars.

We didn’t get that respect from Concord this session.  We didn’t get full service and we didn’t get full value.  What we got was trickle down taxes.  Concord threw away close to 20 million dollars in cigarette taxes and about another 100 million in highway funding.

How did Concord expect to get that money back?  From your local property tax.  Check for State aid with your school district.  Ask your road agent about block grant funds for road repair.   It’s time to get the Legislature out of the bedroom and back to work on the budget.  We need to fund safe highways and bridges for business and tourism and our daily use.  We need to fund public education, “Kindergarten through UNH”, to build the skilled workforce we need to bring more employers to our state.

I believe I have a solid bi-partisan reputation for competence, courtesy, and community service.  If you agree, please vote to send me back to Concord as your State Rep from Strafford’s #1 District Milton/ Middleton.