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To the Editor:

We write to express our strong support for the election of Kathleen James and Seth Bongartz as our representatives to the legislature.

The next couple of years are going to be focused on recovery from the impacts of the pandemic. Lodging properties and restaurants, along with dozens of other small businesses, are struggling to survive. Through no fault of their own, people have lost their jobs and struggle to pay their bills. As schools struggle to provide a consistent schedule, it is hard for both parents to work, putting that much more financial pressure on families.

While the difficulties are obvious, the solutions are not. No single person is going to know the right path forward. That path will emerge from thoughtful, caring people working with other thoughtful, caring people. We want people in the legislature we trust -- to listen, to understand, to work collaboratively to take care of people in need, to prioritize the expenditure of scarce resources and lay the groundwork for a better future. Those people are Kathleen and Seth. They are dedicated public servants, each with their own rich base of knowledge and experience. Most importantly, they have track records of listening first, followed by getting things done. Frankly, we find ourselves fortunate that people of their stature are willing to take on the challenge. We are grateful and hope you will join us in supporting them in their effort to support us.

Todd Ameden and Meg Kenny,

Manchester Center


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