Endorsements

Heading into the NH State General Election on Tuesday, November 6th, I am pleased to acknowledge the following endorsements of my candidacy from these organizations:

  • The NH Sierra Club
  • Nashua Teachers Union – Committee of Political Education
  • National Education Association – New Hampshire
  • American Federation of Teachers – New Hampshire
  • NH AFL-CIO

During the course of this campaign, I received (at least) 27 requests to complete surveys from a variety of local, state and national organizations.  Some were quite brief and easy to respond to: the NH Motorcyclists’ Rights Organization (NHMRO), for example, provided a three-question survey with a postage pre-paid reply post card.  (I still have a valid motorcycle operator’s license, and this was an easy survey to respond to.)  The most lengthy survey was sent to me by the National Rifle Association – Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF).  It consisted of four pages, 27 questions, using 7 or 8 point font, and requesting a response in just 13 days.

Some questions in some of these surveys were obviously “loaded.”   (The NH Firearms Coalition survey, for example, led with the following: “Will you pledge that you will only endorse and support candidates who unconditionally support Second Amendment Civil Rights in general and primary elections?”  (Sorry, but the Legislature will consider hundreds of issues during the coming session.  I will never be a one-issue candidate nor would I ever support a one-issue candidate for public office.)  Others just weren’t well-thought out: the NRA-PVF survey, for example, asked: “Have you ever run for…an elected office?”  (That survey was addressed: “Dear New Hampshire Candidate.”)

Some results of the surveys were shared with members-only (such as the NHMRO survey).  Others were never intended to lead toward an endorsement and were simply shared with the general public (such as those conducted by The Telegraph and the League of Women Voters).

I very much appreciate that so many organizations reached out to me during my campaign for NH State Representative (Hills. 29, Nashua Ward 2).  I welcome the endorsements I did receive as these come from organizations whose values I support.

And I thank those organizations that collected information from candidates for this race and others and shared that information with the public, for as Thomas Jefferson said: “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty” (1829).

Telegraph Publishes Candidate Surveys

The Telegraph published responses to a survey sent to all local candidates in today’s edition (November 3, 2018).  The responses were published as they were submitted.  Candidates not included in the special supplement did not respond to the survey.  Among the five candidates running for three seats in this district, Paul R. Bergeron, Ray Newman, and incumbent Rep. Sue Newman responded.  Michael McCarthy and Michael A. Balboni did not.  Following are my responses to the survey:

STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Candidate’s Name: Paul R. Bergeron

Political Party: Democratic

Office Sought: State Representative, Hills. 29 (Nashua Ward 2)

Brief Biography:
A native of Nashua, Paul R. Bergeron retired from his position as Nashua’s City Clerk in 2015 after nearly 16 years of service.  Currently, Paul is an Adjunct Faculty member at Nashua Community College in the Department of English and is a member of the Nashua Library’s Board of Trustees. Previous experience includes 17 years in retail management (including eight years in the family’s former menswear store, Bergeron’s, Inc., on West Pearl Street).

Paul’s history of community service includes serving: on the City’s Cultural Connections Committee (formerly the Ethnic Awareness Committee) from 2003 – 2015; on the Rivier College Advisory Board from 1975 – 1976 and again from 1982 – 1989; as past president of the Heart of Nashua Foundation, an earlier downtown business and professional association (1982 and 1984); and on the Nashua Children’s Association Board of Directors from 1980 – 1983. He also has legislative experience as a State Representative (Municipal and County Government Committee, 1973 – 1974).

A graduate of Bishop Guertin High School, Paul was awarded Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from the University of New Hampshire. He conducted additional studies in English at Texas A&M University and in Business at Boston College and received his Master of Education degree from Cambridge College.

 Paul is married, has two daughters and four grandchildren, and has lived in Ward 2 for the past 13 years. His parents, Ann T. (Hansberry) Bergeron and the late Robert P. Bergeron, were also Nashua natives.

Why are you running for this office?
I am running for State Representative because I believe that our children are entitled to a quality public education and that the state must meet its court-ordered obligation to support our public schools; I support efforts to ensure that those who have the right to vote may do so; I support policies that will improve the quality of our workforce, strengthen our infrastructure, and enhance public transportation; I believe that common sense should tell us that guns have no place in our schools; and I care about strengthening families and giving people tools to determine the direction of their lives.

What makes you uniquely qualified for this position?
My career experience includes 21 years in municipal government, more than 15 years in retail management, and time in the classroom as a high school teacher and college adjunct faculty member. I have a good understanding of the issues that are important to my constituents, including the need for a stronger and safer public education system, the need to maintain existing revenue streams to the municipalities, and the need to consider the impact that legislative actions will have on small business owners. As a former State Representative I have experience navigating through the Legislative process in Concord. I am a registered Democrat, and I had the pleasure of serving in the Nashua and Manchester City Clerk’s offices under four Republican mayors. I believe in bipartisanship, and I believe that I can fairly represent all my constituents in Ward 2 regardless of party affiliation. This background, I believe, makes me uniquely qualified for the position of State Representative.