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Ray Wieczorek: Joe Kenney is the man for the job

March 09. 2014 4:09PM

Let’s start out by saying what Joe Kenny is; he is an American hero who has spent more than 30 years defending this country as a Lt. Colonel In the U.S. Marine Corps. Joe has served in war zones, including both Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to Joe’s exemplary military career, Joe has served the citizens of his community and the citizens of New Hampshire on the Wakefield Board of Selectmen (including as chairman of the board), in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. Joe Kenney is about public service.

I also knew Ray Burton well, having served with him for nearly 11 years on the Executive Council. Ray served the people of the 1st District well for the 35 years he was their executive councilor. Although nobody will take Ray Burton’s place, the person who will fill his shoes needs to be able to commit the time and have the right experience required to perform the job. The person who has the available time and experience is Joe Kenney. Joe has been personally endorsed by Ray Burton in his previous runs for both the Senate and governor, so along with the many endorsements Joe has, he also has the past endorsement of Ray Burton himself. When Joe Kenney was on the ballot, Ray Burton endorsed him because Joe shared many of the same values that Ray had, and Joe always had his constituents’ needs at the top of his list.

Having served on the Executive Council for 11 years, I know that to properly do the job, you need to devote a lot of time to reviewing the many important items that come before the governor and Executive Council at their meetings. You also need to be available and responsive to your constituents. Joe has the time and experience to properly do this job.

Being an executive councilor requires skills in making decisions that affect many lives. With his military experience and his State House experience, Joe is the only candidate who brings these qualities and will be ready to go from Day One. The district needs someone who can begin helping people Day One.

I would like to ask the voters of the 1st District to join me in supporting Joe Kenney for the open seat to fill the remaining portion of Ray Burton’s term on the Executive Council.

Ray Wieczorek formerly served as Manchester mayor and a member of the Executive Council.

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