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May 22, 2014

My Opinion: May 22, 2014

RAYMOND - Yes Raymond, with the blessings of my lovely wife Terri, and my family, I am declaring my candidacy to run for re-election for one of the Raymond State Representative seats in the upcoming elections.

I truly believe I have been serving Raymond very well for the past 8 years at both the State and County levels. By giving my 150% at all times, having perfect attendance, and a perfect voting record at all my House committee work and sessions, and at the County, I have gained the respect of my fellow legislators as a committed Representative, who is always there, and ready to serve the people.

At the State, I have served as House Assistant Majority and Minority Whips, House Committee Whips for RR&D and Judiciary Committees, and Vice Chairman of RR&D Committee.

A committee quorum is required when voting a bill out of a committee to the House floor. I am often appointed as a “1-Day Substitute” to a committee, filling in for an absent committee member. In 2012 alone, I was sent to over 25 committees for a total of 106 times, in addition to all my other committee work. I enjoyed doing this: getting the opportunity to see how the other committees work; getting to work with different legislators; learning more about the various State departments, and learning the laws and statues of our state.

As a State Representative you are also a County Delegate responsible for the County budget and other matters. I have been serving as the Chairman of the County Maintenance Sub-committee for 6 years, which puts me also on the County Executive Committee. My committee goes through our part of the budget with the Director of Facilities, line item by line item, and vote to recommend it to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee meets, and we go through the whole budget, make any needed changes and recommend it to the full Delegation, who votes to approve it. I review my part of the budget quarterly, call a meeting of my committee if needed, then report at the quarterly Executive Committee meeting.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

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