Some endorsements come hard — two candidates with equal skills and talents. Some endorsements come easy because one candidate simply stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Jeb Bradley is seeking re-election in state Senate District 3, which serves the lower portion of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. (See below for complete list of communities.)
It is rare that voters get the chance to keep someone of Bradley’s background working for them at the state level. The Wolfeboro Republican served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007. This gave him an inside look at the machinations of the federal government, with all its demands on state and local governments.
In 2009, a few weeks into the legislative session, the District 3 state senator, Bill Denley, resigned after being charged with drunken driving for the third time. Bradley went on to claim the seat in a special election.
In Congress and since, Bradley has served as a voice for common sense Granite Staters who value frugal yet productive government.
Working with the Republican majority in the state Senate, Bradley helped temper some excesses of the overly aggressive House, led by Speaker Bill O’Brien. This allowed middle ground to be found on some issues such as pension reform for state employees. In other cases, to include the House effort to deregulate guns, the Senate was able to stop myriad bills dead in their tracks.
Bradley is someone who chose not to take the veto-proof majority in the Senate and abuse it. He is someone who understands the need to work across the aisle.
In endorsing Bradley in the 2009 special election for the state Senate, the editorial board at Foster’s Daily Democrat wrote:
“Jeb Bradley has the background and knowledge to face and cope with the fiscal challenges being forced on the Legislature and the people of New Hampshire. Jeb Bradley knows the people of District 3 from one end to the other. He knows them as hardworking men and women who have created opportunities for themselves and their neighbors. He sees them as people who understand success is built on sound principles and a rock-solid economy that offers promise to the region and the entire state.”
All that and more stands today in testament to Bradley’s candidacy. The only thing that has changed since that endorsement is Bradley’s wealth of knowledge which has grown that much more.
That said the editorial board urges District 3 voters to re-elect Bradley — for the good of the district and the state as a whole.
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