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Remick, Rideout, Young vie for Republican nomination in new Cos 7


August 30, 2012
COOS COUNTY — Three men — Rep. Bill Remick, chairman of the board of selectman Leon Rideout, both of Lancaster, and Jeffery Young of Jefferson — are seeking the Republican nomination for state representative in Cos 7, the new 10-town floterial district made up of 10 towns: Lancaster, Whitefield, Northumberland (Groveton), Carroll, Dalton, Jefferson, Randolph, Milan, Dummer, and Stark, plus Kilkenny, an Unincorporated Place.

The state's Primary Day is on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Rep. Bill Remick and three other state representatives now represent Cos District 2. Remick, a former teacher and former member of the White Mountains Regional School District school board, has served four two-year terms since first being elected in 2004.

Remick points with pride to his role in passing HB 648 to further restrict eminent domain by public utilities. Spurred on by his own and constituents' overwhelming opposition to the proposed Northern Pass transmission line, Remick worked with HB 648's prime sponsor, Rep. Larry Rappaport of Colebrook. Remick served four years on the House Education Committee and then was appointed to the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee. Remick also attended meetings in Concord of the North Country Transmission Commission that was charged to develop a plan to expand the electric transmission capacity in Cos County to allow more renewable power — biomass, hydro, and wind — to be sent south onto the New England grid.

Leon Rideout, a lifelong resident of Lancaster, is campaigning with the slogan, "Common Sense for Cos." He believes that New Hampshire businesses are over-regulated and over-taxed, and that both the Business Enterprise Tax and the Business Profits Tax must be reformed to encourage business growth and entrepreneurship. The owner of the family's small business, Rideout's Motor Sales and Service, he opposes adding any new taxes. Rideout retired from the Marine Corps in 2007; he served in the Marines in Operation Desert Storm/Shield, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. If elected, he would ask to serve either on the House State-Federal Veterans Affairs Committee or the House Municipal & County Government Committee, since he believes that his experience would be helpful and that the issues they deal with are important to Cos District 7 voters.

Rideout opposes the proposed Northern Pass transmission project, noting, "It would be an eyesore and a detriment to tourism in the North Country."

He is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and has pledged to strongly oppose any attempts to erode the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

Jeffery Young of Jefferson moved North in 2009 when he retired from his job at N. H. Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) that he'd held for 12 years, following 14 years at Blue Cross-Blue Shield. Young (along with his brother, Steve Young of Lancaster) grew up in the Lakes Region and graduated in 1966 from Interlakes High School. He headed to Kansas City, Mo., and became a Doctor of Chiropractic and a licensed nursing home administrator; he ran two nursing homes for 16 years. Young believes his education and work history would prove useful in the House in these days when the state is wrestling with education funding, Medicaid and Medicare, and funding long-term care. "I'm a staunch conservative," he said. "I love the North Country, and believe that I can speak for the silent majority here."

Young opposes the proposed Northern Pass transmission project, but thinks the possibility that Alberta tar sands might be sent south to Portland Harbor through the Portland Pipe Line from western Canada opens up an economic development opportunity —construction of an oil refinery in Lancaster or Jefferson. Young explained, "A refinery is low-impact, and we could make caustic oil 'sweet,' eliminating a lot of potential hazards, creating goods jobs and improving our infrastructure."

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