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Sanborns: ‘We’ll Defend Traditional NH Values’

By Ryan O’Connor

Sen. Andy Sanborn and Rep. Laurie Sanborn are no strangers to Bedford.

Sure they live in Henniker, where they were elected to their respective seats, yet when they spoke in front of the Bedford Republican Committee Tuesday night, they already seemed at home.

Indeed, the Sanborns are moving to Bedford, where they have many friends and political acquaintances. In fact, they’re quite familiar with the greater-Manchester area. They did, after all, reside in the Queen City for nearly a decade prior to moving to Henniker, and Laurie’s parents live locally as well.

Laurie, the first in her family to attend and graduate college, was elected to the House in 2010. She spoke first at the meeting and discussed, primarily, her background in banking and local commerce and her efforts to amend and pass legislation that aids New Hampshire small business and creates jobs.

“I never saw myself as a politician, I never had that aspiration, but I noticed about five or six years ago that the culture in New Hampshire was changing,” said Laurie. “There were taxes and fees everywhere you turned. The state government was growing. It was spending a lot of money and increasing regulations and, for the first time in my business life, I really felt the government was overreaching … and I briefly thought to myself, do I need to leave New Hampshire? But, of course, I quickly decided the right thing to do was stay in New Hampshire and fight for our traditional values.”

Andy, who ran and was narrowly defeated for a Senate seat in 2008, prior to winning the election in 2010, said he, like his wife, never envisioned a career in politics. Yet observing the changing political landscape in New Hampshire, he said he felt a calling to defend traditional Granite State conservative values – principles that were passed on to him from his grandfather.

“For Laurie and I, it’s been an amazingly unique journey. I didn’t know there were anything in our state but conservatives,” he said. “I’m a fourth-generation New Hampshire native … I’m a blue collar, dirt under my fingernails, scab on my knees kind of guy and, honestly, I’m proud of that … If you see someone struggling in your yard next door, you go over there and help them out, but that doesn’t give you the right to go into their home when they’re not there, and to me that’s what makes a traditional New Hampshire Republican, that’s what makes me a curmudgeon, and to me, that’s the best thing you can be.”

Count Laura Condon among the Bedford residents excited to welcome the Sanborns to town.

“I think it will be tremendous for Bedford to have both Laurie and Andy represent us,” said resident Laura Condon. “I’ve gotten to know them and they’re both very much pro business. They’re both numbers, bottom-line sort of people.

“They’re both very candid and sincere. They’re not politicians at all,” she continued. “You can talk to them and you don’t think there’s a hidden agenda. They’re both very truthful about what they seek to do … real common sense things, smaller government, less spending … Businesses do really good things, and so do people and so do communities. Government? Maybe not so much. If we can let those other things have their day in the sun and shine, I think they’ll take us good places.”

The experience of both candidates should serve them well, added Condon. Andy is likely to face stiff competition for the District 9 Senate seat, a position being vacated by Bedford’s Ray White. Attorney Lee Nyquist of New Boston, a Democrat, and fellow Bedford Republican Ken Hawkins, currently serving as a state representative, have already announced their intention to run.

“I think they were both pretty green when they headed off to the Statehouse, but by golly, I think they’re both very quick learners. I have no doubt they spend countless hours and they work very hard at this,” said Condon.
“They’re very passionate. They live and breath this. They’re not part-time legislators. They’ll put in their time to do this. I mean, I don’t see them being career politicians, but they felt the state was in a crisis and they stepped forward and have given it their best effort, and I believe they’ll continue to do just that.”

WGIR-AM’s Paul Westcott also attended the meeting. He spoke briefly and answered several questions regarding the role of media, both locally and nationally, in determining elections.
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