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I’m proud to endorse Shoshanna Kelly for Executive Council

By U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen - Guest Columnist | Nov 5, 2022

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Election Day is right around the corner and I am proud to endorse Shoshanna Kelly for Executive Council in District 5. As your Executive Councilor, Shoshanna will be a voice for women and deliver resources that our family planning providers need to keep care accessible.

We cannot afford another two years of elected officials playing politics with our rights and our access to health care. We need strong leaders like Shoshanna Kelly in the Executive Council, and champions like Cindy Rosenwald and Melanie Levesque in the State Senate, who will protect a woman’s right to choose. It is time to elect more pro-choice leaders to the Executive Council and the New Hampshire Senate and House.

The current majority on the Executive Council and in the State House has proven that they do not trust women to make their own health care decisions. We must make clear on Election Day that they are out-of-step with Granite Staters and we will not accept such extremism in the Live Free or Die State.

We have seen Republican majorities in the State House and Executive Council attack and roll back women’s reproductive rights by passing the first-ever abortion ban in New Hampshire’s modern history, defunding Planned Parenthood and refusing to accept funds to provide evidence-based sex education programming. Women in New Hampshire are already feeling the impact of these devastating actions by being stripped of their right to make decisions about their own health and families, and seeing their access to family planning services jeopardized. Sex education programs have already shuttered due to the Executive Council’s refusal to approve funds for a long-standing curriculum with historically bipartisan support. Extreme GOP politicians are viciously attacking Granite Staters’ rights to privacy and control of their own personal health decisions, while senselessly rejecting health education and science. Enough is enough. We need Shoshanna Kelly on the Executive Council.

As New Hampshire works to build back stronger after the pandemic, we have seen the affordable housing crisis exacerbated in every corner of our State – especially in cities like Nashua. Unfortunately, current leadership in Concord has delayed the delivery of federal funds that our Congressional delegation secured to help keep Granite Staters safely housed. Shoshanna serves on the Board of the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter and in her role on the Nashua Board of Alderman, she worked to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund to support the development of affordable housing in the Gate City. We need her experience in Concord to ensure all of our neighbors have a place to call home.

As New Hampshire faces a housing crisis, families struggle to access child care and small businesses continue to rebuild in the aftermath of COVID-19, we need elected officials in Concord and in Washington who understand the realities facing Granite Staters and will deliver. Granite Staters deserve better than the leadership we have seen from the existing majorities in Concord. They’ve made it clear they cannot do the job – it’s time Granite Staters have leaders who are up for the task.

I hope you will make a plan to vote on November 8th, make your voice heard and join me in supporting Democratic leaders, like Shoshanna Kelly, Cindy Rosenwald and Melanie Levesque, who will help build a brighter future for our state.


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