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House candidate visits North Country looking for support

KUSTER Members of the local firefighters' union joined Ann Kuster in Veteran's Park on Monday as she asked voters for support in this month's primary. (click for larger version)
September 01, 2010
BERLIN — Monday's barbecue lunch at Veteran's Memorial Park on Glen Avenue was just one of several stops in the North Country for U.S. House candidate Ann Kuster. She spent most of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday touring the district she hopes to represent looking for votes, first in this month's Democratic primary, and then again in November.

Her goal?

"To try to help change Washington," she said, "to put people first and politics last for a change."

She started in Colebrook on Sunday morning, and she traveled to Whitefield, Littleton, Berlin, Lebanon, Claremont, Nashua, Concord and Keene, talking to residents and supporters about the issues that matter to them.

It's about jobs and ending the recession, she said, and doing what's best for the people, not for corporations. It's about bringing jobs back to Main Street.

"People are ready to get back into the workforce to build this new economy," she said.

But to do that they need support, she said. They need the government to reinstate the rules regulating the financial industry to keep the economy from experiencing another Great Recession; they need the government to invest in new technology, like broadband Internet and clean energy; they need the government to stop the flow of jobs from America abroad.

"I'm looking to change the tax loopholes for businesses that send jobs overseas," she said.

Mrs. Kuster is a Concord native and an attorney. She has worked on education, nonprofit and health care policy, and she calls herself a community activist.

She opposed the Iraq War, and she doesn't like the direction the administration is taking in Afghanistan.

"I'm opposed to getting dragged in deeper," she said, spending billions of dollars there that should be invested at home.

She is opposed to the Bush era tax cuts, which she said don't provide enough relief to middle class people.

"It's a totally grassroots, people-powered powered campaign," she said, with funding primarily from New Hampshire residents and support from activists from around the state. "I will be serving the people of the second district," she said, "not beholden to the special interests."

And the northern part of the state holds a special place for her. The first event of her campaign was in Milan, she said, and supporters from most towns north of the notches.

"I have spent my whole life coming up here," she said, to hike and ski Wildcat. "We're very invested in the North Country."

Varney Smith
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