Chris Pappas, authentic New Hampshire

Voters will be challenged in the Democratic Primary when they go to the polls on Sept. 11 to choose a successor to U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. This year, the primary features many highly qualified and impressive candidates, who have proven the passion for their convictions when championing causes in and out of our state. The range of their experiences goes from standing with native American tribes to protect their land, serving as mayor of a city, to advocating for new businesses, to championing laws to protect our drinking water, to fighting in Iraq for our country, to standing up for unions and a decent wage, being savvy in the ways of Washington, and demanding reform within the Democratic Party. I hope all of these candidates continue to be engaged in New Hampshire politics, because we need every one of them. For me, however, there is one candidate who as a lifelong New Hampshire resident has operated a family business, served in the legislature and now on the Executive Council, and is asking us for his support to represent us as our Congressman; that candidate is Chris Pappas.

While Chris might appear to be an unassuming individual, he is tough when it comes to fighting for and supporting the causes he believes in. Even before the Affordable Care Act was law, Chris was already providing the employees of his restaurant with health care. He took on the fight against eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood, and succeeded. He was also not afraid to support an increase in our road tolls, in support of an underfunded road and bridge maintenance budget and also in support of noise abatement throughout the state, including for Pannaway Manor, here in Portsmouth.

As a Greek American who is strongly rooted in his family’s heritage, he always has the sensitivity and practical intuition regarding questions related to our nation’s immigration policy. In addition, he also shares most of the progressive ideas supported by the other candidates.

As an Executive Councilor, he is well aware of how our state operates, and as a former state legislator, he knows how to get things done, including working across the political divide to reach common ground and achieve positive outcomes for those he represents.

I am confident that he will be a congressman that all of us can be proud of, and a worthy successor to Carol Shea-Porter.